December 18, 2005
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wishing all those who attempt to capitalize on tragic events could be cast away to a far-off island to think about what they’ve done.You see, while we were recently sifting through the highly classified and otherwise wildly important messages in our inbox at the Corporate Suites, we came across one e-mail that caught our attention. The writer informed us that his parents had been killed in the 2004 tsunami near Indonesia, and that at the time, his father was sitting on $4.5 million for the purchase of a tractor (some tractor that must have been!). The large sum of money had then fallen into the writer’s hands, who was calling on willing citizens to help him transfer the money from South Africa into their personal account in the U.S.Not only did this have scam written all over it, but it occurred to us that it must take a pretty lowly individual to use a tragedy like the tsunami to drum up pity, and possible money, for himself.Granted any fool who falls for such bamboozling probably deserves what’s coming, but that’s beside the point.
We think a good year or two on a desolate island should give this writer ample time to reform from his greedy ways.Think about it. What better way to realize you’ve sunk to a new low than by spending the days fighting off native baboons, rampant disease and starvation. Surviving such an ordeal is bound to offer a new outlook on life.We’re brilliant.***
We have an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! for Breckenridge’s very own firefighters whose actions created a wave of relief for one local resident:Red, White and Blue firefighters received a call for help for an unexpected rescue last Wednesday evening. At around 5 p.m. firefighters received a call that a puppy had fallen nearly 20 feet into an open sewage vault and was trapped inside. The owner of the Miniature Pinscher puppy described the dilemma: The puppy had been missing for nearly 40 minutes when the owner was able to follow the paw prints which led to the open sewage vault cover. He shined a flashlight down the hole and heard some barking. Red, White & Blue’s Engine 6 arrived and using an extension ladder was able to get access to where the puppy had fallen. Firefighter and paramedic Steve Webster went into the hole and rescued the puppy, returning it to the owner who quickly wrapped it in a blanket to warm it back up.
“The conditions inside the vault were not pretty,” Webster said. “The puppy had landed in about 5 inches of sludge in a cold, dark septic type of vault. It was pretty nasty.”Firefighters reported that the puppy and owner were both doing well when they left.Speaking of puppies, stay tuned on the doggy contest. Summit Up will announce the winner this week. Thanks for all the submissions that showed local pooches canoodling with the Summit Daily News. After all, it’s better than using the newspaper to line the litter box.***We’re out.