MacCOON'S LOCKER ROOM

A heroic rescue

PATRICK MacCOON
Posted 7/11/18

Heroes.Some appear in comic books, some could be the likes of sports legends or stars such as Jackie Robinson or Lionel Messi, and sometimes a hero can be one of our closest loved ones.They are the …

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MacCOON'S LOCKER ROOM

A heroic rescue

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Heroes.

Some appear in comic books, some could be the likes of sports legends or stars such as Jackie Robinson or Lionel Messi, and sometimes a hero can be one of our closest loved ones.

They are the people who make this world seem safe or perhaps motivate, calm and amaze.

As I sit in the comfort of my home with air conditioning, water, food and a place to lay my head, a chill hits me thinking about a group of a dozen boys ages 11-16 and their soccer coach who beat overwhelming odds.

Trapped over two miles deep in a Thailand cave flooded by rain water since June 23, the Wild Boars soccer team mustered enough strength to survive.

In darkness, a strong hope and calmness brought the entire team back to light as they were all rescued as of early Tuesday morning. 

Their heroes wear scuba tanks, as Thailand's Navy SEAL divers were able to bring them back to safety where a world of support awaited, although one of their retired divers died while diving as part of preparation for the rescue mission. 

While the World Cup has captivated those around the country, as "futbol" is the world's favorite sport, the Wild Boars soccer team was cheered on by all.

For a 25-year old coach who made a wrong and life-threatening decision, Akkapol Chanthawong was vital in keeping his team calm when they needed him the most.

With food to give away in his backpack and leadership, the group was kept at ease by their head coach and survived nine days before being located.

In all sports, people often look at the body language of their mentors and feed off them.

Meditation was key for the group as well, as pictures surfaced of the young boys staying in deep and positive thought, despite being trapped.

To take time and stay in prayer and deep thought would benefit us all, if we were to do it every day.

The greatest sacrifice was made during a challenging rescue, as Ekkapol Ake Chantawong a former SEAL sergeant gave his life while taking oxygen to the boys who were running low on air.

The experts and the thousands who came to support in or around the cave helped prevent a total tragedy.

In brotherhood people came together on common ground in the jungle to fight and believe something great could happen.

While we hope nothing ever like this happens again, this story is one the world needed to see.

Hope springs eternal when we are able to see groups of people come together to accomplish miracles.

Every day we are blessed to have heroes who take on many forms to help make this world a better place.

The soccer team, volunteers and trained service members all revealed that teamwork is the key.

Thank you to all those who serve our great country.

Heroes are always remembered.

They show selflessness, calmness and are often great teachers by demonstrating strength in the line of defense.

While a World Cup champion will be crowned this weekend, a Thai soccer team can celebrate the great championship as well: Life. A treasure which we are given which sometimes calls for the ultimate sacrifice.

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