Yesterday, September 14, 2016, an evil hand touched the City of Wilmington.  At approximately 5:00pm, a 6 year old girl who was playing in her driveway when she was abducted by a stranger riding by on a moped.  Local law enforcement immediately began searching, an Amber Alert was issued, and residents were offering to organize search parties.  As both darkness and rain fell, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers all worked tirelessly throughout the night in a desperate attempt to locate the missing girl.

Thanks to the persistence of first responders, and extremely helpful information from residents in the area, this precious child was located.

She was located in a wooded area, chained to a tree, but thankfully, alive.

These calls do not just take a toll on the family.  Our first responders are all family, we all have children in our lives that we care about. When she was located, there was a collective sigh of relief, and a moment of prayer.

Thank God that this had a good outcome, and she was found alive, although she will have a long road of recovery ahead of her.  I do not want to focus on the human evil that carried out such a horrific act, but he is in custody, and I know many of us would like to watch him take his final breath.

This is about heroes that walk among us each and every day.  Heroes that put their lives on the line for the rest of us.  Heroes that put their own lives on hold, to help strangers.  Heroes that don’t do the job because of thank you’s or recognition.  They do their job because it’s the right thing to do, because it is their calling, and because they are the chosen peacekeepers.  Blessed are they who walk among us, and may peace find everyone involved in such an emotional call.

Photo New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office