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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 n Daily updates at n 75 cents

Who’s the best? Results of the 2013 Record reader poll Pages 11-18

Valley Hospital volunteerism is a way to follow his dreams Page 7

Index Easter events 3-4 5 Opinion 6 Letters 19 Scene Classifieds 21-24 On the Scanner 26

Vol. 99, No. 44

Risking a lot to save a lot

She’s got the healing touch North Bend cancer survivor Heather Ryan wields the power of hope

Brian Busby, Snoqualmie firefighter, honored for heroic river rescue Snoqualmie firefighter and Valley homeless advocate Brian Busby received the city’s highest safety honor, the Medal of Valor, this week. Busby played the key role in a February 1 rescue of a woman who came within moments of drowning in the frigid waters of the Snoqualmie Brian Busby River. Off duty, Snoqualmie Busby was firefighter near the Snoqualmie River’s South Fork when he learned that the woman had slipped and fallen into the river’s icy waters while trying to cross near North Bend. He made the quick decision to reach her, keeping her head above water until additional help arrived. His own legs going numb, Busby could tell that the woman’s situation was dire. King County Sheriff ’s deputies provided timely assistance, with one officer hanging onto Busby as he perched on a job, keeping her from going under. “We have a saying,” says Busby. “’You risk a little to save a little; you risk a lot to save a lot.’ See RESCUE, 27

By Seth Truscott Editor

Even when she was in a lifeor-death struggle with cancer, Heather Ryan’s hands still practiced the healing gift. It is three years ago last Friday that Ryan, a 12-year Valley resident, beat breast cancer. See TOUCH, 27

Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Random Acts of Kindness Club members capped off a week of random acts of kindness at Cedarcrest High School and in the surrounding community by hanging a long “kindness chain” from the balcony over the Cedarcrest commons. Club president Maggie Gronberg, center, with Advisor Peggy Filer and club member Brett Young stretched the chain, made of links of paper on which students wrote about acts of kindness they saw throughout the week, the length of the commons.

The kindness patrol By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter

They start at one end of the balcony overlooking the Cedarcrest High School commons, and work quietly along the wall hanging the colorful “kindness” chain like bunting over the

lunch crowd. There’s no announcement, no presentation, but by the time the chain reaches halfway across the commons, heads are turning and students are elbowing each other. See KINDNESS, 9

Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Heather Ryan of North Bend made it through a bout with cancer with the community’s help, and was voted “Best Massage” in the 2013 Best of the Valley poll.


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Snoqualmie Valley Record, March 27, 2013  

March 27, 2013 edition of the Snoqualmie Valley Record

Snoqualmie Valley Record, March 27, 2013  

March 27, 2013 edition of the Snoqualmie Valley Record