Honestly, my heart hurts a bit when I look at these images. 3 years ago this weekend the LaPointe team had to recover 2 of their friends from the water, and 3 years ago this past January, they had to pull my husband (and their friend) from the waters of Lake Superior. They had a horrible year in 2013 – but they are the reason we can live here, and live here safely. They are our heroes, though I am sure they do not like to be referred to as that. These are the people who have to pull their friends out of the water, and who have to respond to their friends’ and families’ emergencies. We all love them very much and cannot ever thank them enough for being here for us.
The LaPointe & Bayfield Fire Departments held a joint ice rescue training on Saturday off of the Ice Road landing. LaPointe brought their windsled, which I have always wanted to get photos of (though I wasn’t really ready to until now…), and they did a few drills getting people into the sled. Behind them a group of our friends was ice fishing, and the ferry went out from the dock while the departments were practicing. It was the Bayfield & Madeline Island communities in a weird winter weather pattern- ferries, ice fishing, and ice rescue drills on a non-existent ice road landing ;).
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