In this day and age the saying “if you see something, say something” is often repeated. It has been drilled into our minds ever since the Department of Homeland Security adopted it as a motto for their national campaign to help raise public awareness of suspicious behavior and/or activities. Basically, if you notice something that seems off or amiss, you should report it to the local authorities so they can check it out. It’s better to be safe than sorry and so everyone is encouraged to stay alert to anything that seems to deviate from the norm.
Joe Delvecchio, 18, and Alec Yanisko, 15, were out riding their ATVs one day when they noticed an SUV stuck on a log in the middle of the woods and thought it was very strange. They were in an area near the Dunmore Reservoir, in Northeastern Pennsylvania just outside of Scranton, which is a popular place for hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVs. The area is dotted with a number of trails, but most are not meant for regular cars to go, which is why the SUV didn’t seem right to them.
The two teenagers saw that the car windows were smashed and so they decided to stop and check it out. One of them spotted a supermarket loyalty card inside with the name Edwin Kosik printed on it and so they quickly googled it to see who the card belonged to. When the results came back, they were shocked and knew they had to call the police, so they rushed home.
It turned out that Edwin Kosik was a 92 year old federal judge who had been reported missing. The boys had seen all the news articles and bulletins about his disappearance, and they knew he must be in some sort of trouble. Once they got home, they told their parents about what they’d found, and then contacted the police.
Officers met up with the boys and had them lead them to the spot in the woods where Kosik’s SUV was. They had a search and rescue dog with them who picked up his scent right away and shortly afterwards he was found. The judge wasn’t far from his car, lying on the ground, but otherwise okay. An ambulance transported him to the hospital where he was listed as being in fair condition.
The 92 year old judge had been in the woods for two days, lost and unable to free his car from the log that it was stuck on. After hearing the good news, the boys said they were glad he’s alive and doing well, and that were able to help out. Their timing also turned out to be great because one day later torrential rains flooded the very area where Judge Kosik been found.
In the end, the boys saw something wasn’t right and they said something. If they hadn’t, who knows what would have happened, but this story could have easily not had a happy ending.
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