"There are some exceptional, humanitarian people in this town that deserved to be recognized. Adam Hodgson, Santa Barbara Park Ranger and Chuck Cail, volunteer of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.
They both showed me what being a caring, dutiful, responsible person looks like. The event that brought us all together was Thursday April 6th. I was riding my bike along Cabrillo Boulevard when I saw a female Mallard Duck having a conniption on the south side of the road just before the Cemetery. I figured I could escort her across the road to the bird Refuge, and thought it odd she just did not fly over, until I heard the peep, peep, peeps in the storm drain. I dialed the Wildlife Care Network.
Soon Chuck drove up and literally sprung into action. He knew duck behavior. We found the only way to get them out was to capture the chicks and lure Mama duck across the road. Chuck jumped into the drain and captured the chicks in a carrier, Adam monitored traffic and we were able to lure Mama to the Bird Refuge (properly named) and reunite her with the chicks in the reeds!
This was a great example to me of the best part of a person coming forward in a situation to help one another no matter who or what you are. I was able to appreciate my town and folks even more that day. I thought you would like to be reminded as well that we have a great town ( I have been here for 55 years) and really good people (like you) among us."