Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF Fri-Yay Good News

Today’s good news story comes from ABC News and Milwaukee affiliate WISN. Here it is as reported on MSN.

First responders adopt dogs they helped rescue from plane crash

Story by Meredith Deliso •

First responders who raced to the scene after a plane carrying more than 50 shelter dogs crash-landed onto a Wisconsin golf course this week have helped rescue the pets in more ways than one.

The large twin-engine aircraft, transporting the dogs to shelters in southeastern Wisconsin from Louisiana, crashed on the golf course at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee on Tuesday.

WISN – PHOTO: A plane transporting over 50 dogs to shelters crash-landed at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Nov. 15, 2022.
© Provided by ABC News

Three people and 53 dogs on board all survived, with some animals suffering minor injuries like bumps and scrapes. Authorities said that the three people were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In the days following the crash, several first responders who worked the scene adopted the dogs they helped rescue.

“As soon as I found out all of them were okay, my first thought was that one of them is coming home with me. So this is my little Lucky,” Elle Steitzer, a firefighter, and EMT at Lake Country Fire Rescue, told ABC Milwaukee affiliate WISN while cradling her new puppy.

WISN - PHOTO: A plane transporting over 50 dogs to shelters in crash-landed at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Nov. 15, 2022.

WISN – PHOTO: A plane transporting over 50 dogs to shelters crash-landed at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Nov. 15, 2022.© Provided by ABC News

Streitzer and two of her colleagues at Lake Country Fire Rescue, who responded to the scene of the plane crash, adopted dogs on Friday.

“He just kind of fell out of the sky in front of me, so here he is,” Amber Christian, a firefighter, and paramedic with Lake Country Fire Rescue, told WISN of her dog, Artemis.

WISN - PHOTO: Amber Christian, a firefighter and paramedic with Lake Country Fire Rescue, with Artemis.

WISN – PHOTO: Amber Christian, a firefighter, and paramedic with Lake Country Fire Rescue, with Artemis.© Provided by ABC News

Deputy Chief Tony Wasielewski said Marley jumped into his arms after the crash. The next day, he went to find her at the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, which took in 21 of the dogs involved in the crash.

“When they let her in the door, she bypassed my wife, ran to me, jumped kind of into my arms, gave me kisses. I started to tear up a little bit, and I said, ‘Oh boy, I guess we got a dog,'” Wasielewski told WISN.

WISN - PHOTO: Deputy Chief Tony Wasielewski with Marley.

WISN – PHOTO: Deputy Chief Tony Wasielewski with Marley.© Provided by ABC News

The dogs were taken to shelters in counties across Wisconsin.

Elmbrook Humane Society took 11 dogs, with “first dibs” going to the first responders of the plane crash.

“We had quite a few of them calling asking,” Stephanie Deswarte, a front desk manager for the shelter, told ABC News.

“We normally don’t let people adopt until we have them up on our website because we want to give anybody as fair of a chance as possible. But since they were obviously in the thick of it, and they did such a great job trying to help with the whole crazy situation, that we gave all first responders first dibs, so to speak, to adopt before they went up on the website,” she continued.

Deswarte said so far, three people involved in the rescue — one of the first responders on the scene, another first responder, and a worker at the golf course — have adopted the puppies Charlie Brown, Linus, and Sally, while the family of another first responder was looking at adopting a puppy on Saturday.

“We have never had something quite like this happen before,” Deswarte said. “It was a miracle that everybody really was okay.”

Matthew Haerter, assistant chief at Lake Country Fire and Rescue, commended the pilot during what he described as a “relatively catastrophic landing.” The plane went through trees, losing both its wings before it belly-landed on the course.

“I think all of us collectively have a soft spot in our heart, especially for dogs that have been rescued,” Haerter said during a press briefing Tuesday. “And now to think that they have to go through this before they find their forever home.”

“This could have turned out so much worse,” he said.

Local authorities had no comment on the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The good news here is people opened their hearts to those who had suffered enough. Today’s JohnKu carries the same message. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Grace by John W. Howell © 2022

The end of the road,

Comes fast for those who struggle . . .

Extend them some grace.

100 comments

  1. Love this story – thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Ruth. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 😁

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  2. What a beautiful story and wonderful Johnku. Thank you, John, for this reminder of grace–during the frenzy of Black Friday. ❄️❄️❄️

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    1. The dreaded black Friday. I sit it out. (no surprise there right?)

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      1. No surprise at all. I’m staying away as well. I’m not good around crazed shoppers. 🙄

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      2. I know just how you feel.

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  3. Wonderful! Simply wonderful news! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Annette.

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  4. Such a great story. Thanks, John.

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    1. Thank you, Craig. 😁

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  5. I felt like tearing up myself.

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    1. I know how you felt. Thanks, GP.

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      1. But it burns me up that this was not on my news.

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      2. Yeah, I know what you mean.

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  6. How wonderful that the first responders who rescued the dogs were able to adopt some!

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    1. It is wonderful, Liz. You are so right. 😁

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  7. This is such a wonderful story, John. A more than happy end to a scary beginning.
    Happy Friday.

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    1. You are right, Dale. It could have been so much worse. I’m so glad it wasn’t.

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  8. A truly miraculous story! There were some angels around that day!

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    1. I have to admire the pilot for keeping things more or less under control until touchdown. He saved a lot of lives.

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      1. I agree. Maybe the angel was sitting on his shoulder! 😉

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      2. Could well be. Thanks, Noelle.

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  9. Such a heartwarming story, John. Hope all the sweet pups find new homes very soon.

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    1. I do too, Lori. Thanks. Have a super weekend.

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  10. Wow! What a heartwarming story. Thanks so much for sharing, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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  11. Reblogged this on T. W. Dittmer and commented:
    This story of first responders rescuing and adopting dogs touched my heart, and I wanted to share it.

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  12. I just had to share this, John. Your JohnKu really touched me too, deep inside.

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    1. Thank you, Tim. We all need to be touched for sure. 😊

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  13. This story made me so happy. Seems like a bit of divine intervention here!

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    1. I think you are right, Darlene.

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  14. Your words are the perfect recipe for how to live a good life. What a wonderful story.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. 😊

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  15. Beautiful story, John, and perfect Johnku. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked it, Marie.

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  16. OMG I was like “please let all the dogs be okay!” Whew…

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    1. They are. It was a miracle, Willow.

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      1. I just received my relocation packet for Wisconsin…wonder if it’s a sign. ‘Course, I’m more of a practical mindset, so I don’t really buy into all that. But still…I’m having trouble making a decision, so maybe I should just roll with it. Especially since I’m an animal lover! Okay, that was a bit of a ramble…

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      2. If you want practical advice you must know this is the wrong stop for that. I’m a roll with it type and in my day I did about 22 relocations. I always just rolled with and never had a regret.

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      3. Yes, I’ve had a number of relocations as well. I’m trying to find a good place to settle purely for the cats. Ha!

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      4. We always took our cats with us too.

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      5. Good to know. It’s not hard to move with cats. It was heartbreaking during my years working with animal shelters and with animal services to see that as a reason for being relinquished to the shelter.

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      6. We used to volunteer for a rescue group and the stories would curl your hair. How anyone can mistreat or abandon a pet I can’t understand.

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      7. I know, right? I just can’t imagine. I would often work in tandem with animal services, and, yes, the things I’ve seen. One of them had a happy ending, though. I was allowed entry into a cat shelter that was actually a hoarding situation. I and a friend were allowed in to take pictures and we both wrote affidavits for the court case. All 260+ animals were turned over to a no-kill cat shelter that is still in operation today. It’s a beautiful place. I’ll skip the gruesome in-between details, but…I have a lot of bones to pick with my home state/home city in Florida, but the animal control department is not among them.

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      8. Good for you. 😁

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      9. Good for the cats…this had been an ongoing situation for a long time, and finally, the law came through for these cats.

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      10. Yes, good for them. Maybe a better saying would be good on you.

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      11. Yes, I’m a sucker for critters!

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  17. John, what a marvelous, feel-good story. Thanks so much. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Teagan.

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  18. Beautiful story to start off the weekend! Thanks for sharing this, John.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce.

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  19. It was a miracle! Thanks for the wonderful story.

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    1. Yes it was. 😁

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  20. A story that could have been a heart-breaking tragedy. So glad for the happy ending!

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    1. I am too, Jan. Thank you.

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  21. Oh, what a heartwarming story, John, and beautiful words of yours. It’s always nice to read a happy ending after watching tragedy after tragedy on the news.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. I liked the way this one came out.

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  22. Oh, John, just what I needed today! Couldn’t love this more. My eldest is a first responder and seeing him with his dog makes me smile. Not from a plane crash, but he did rescue him. Was skin and bones when he got him and now he’s a gorgeous, healthy German Shepherd!

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    1. What a super story, Kristine. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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  23. Best part is the first responders adopting the dogs they helped. So cute. Undoubtedly a bond was formed both ways.

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    1. I’m sure there was a bond, Betsy. Thanks.

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  24. Wow! What a wonderful story. It shows how compassionate humans are.

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    1. Some humans, Steve.

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  25. Oh wow, that’s a wonderful outcome for the dogs, and people who adopted them.

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    1. I know right? Thanks you, Deborah.

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  26. A heart warming story, John!
    How could the rescuers not want a puppy? The incident bonded them.
    Love this, and your JohnKu!
    Happy belated Thanksgiving. We had ours in October.
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  27. Good news indeed, dear John! Thank you! If every man did at least 1 good deed the world would turn different. 🙂 Let’s hope in 50% who does it regularly.

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    1. If even on in ten did it 50% of the time the world would be different. Thanks you, Maria.

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      1. 😎😎😎👍🍻🍤🍤🍤 PS. True…Older I become more I wonder how little the world changes.

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      2. Since I am over twice your age you can imagine my thoughts on how little things change. 😊

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      3. 😂😂😂 I do, dear John! I do! 🙂

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      4. 😁😁😁😁

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  28. A great news story, John. I’m glad everyone came through without serious injury, and some pups found homes as a bonus.

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    1. Me too, Diana. Thanks.

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  29. ALL survived! Anytime you can say that about a plane crash, some grace was involved. And in this case, it was followed up with even MORE grace. Great story Sheriff.

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    1. Thanks, Pilgrim.

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  30. A wonderful news share John. 🙂

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