Every day we hear or read of acts of violence, break-ins, property theft, and all other forms of misbehavior and criminality. I have a different story to share with you. I recently lost my smartphone in Menlo as I left a meeting at the fire station. Unbeknownst to me, it had fallen to the ground as I got into my car outside of the Menlo store. I drove back there as soon as I realized what had happened, but it was nowhere to be found, and I assumed someone had picked it up - I never expected to see it again.
Well, life can be full of surprises, and it certainly was on this occasion. A few days later my husband's phone rings, and it was Steve Ruddell, who lives in the Willapa River Valley. He'd found the phone, searched out a friend with a compatible charger, and once it had power he dialed the last number I'd called so he could find the owner and return it.
Everyone who knows Steve is already aware that he is a fine young man with good values and a great deal of personal integrity. I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly extend my thanks for his honesty, for the time and trouble to which he went in order to return the phone to its rightful owner and most of all for the uplifting experience it has been to be reminded what fine people we have here in our community.
If you read this and you know Steve, please let him know that you too appreciate the fine man he is.