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Roo Rescuer's Ordeal Brings Tears

Offbeat  (tags: kangaroos rescuer, floods, devastation, honourable man, courageous, mental health, suffering )

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He was the man made famous when he was photographed carrying a kangaroo out of the swollen Bremer River at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, at the height of January's floods. But Ray Cole and his family have struggled with a series of devastating post-flood


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Kim O (396)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:57 pm
Noted with sadness! This poor man's sure been through a lot! Just goes to show the lasting effects the floods have had and the toll it's taken on people!! I hope this family's had all of the nastiness done with now. They've had more than their share. Thanks Simone!

Sunday March 27, 2011, 11:29 pm
uffff ...
noted with hope&pray for this family!
thank you, Simone!

Constance F (418)
Monday March 28, 2011, 12:58 am
All disasters and loss cause tremendous shock and stress upon people. Everyone knows this. But what Ray Cole said, people are suffering inside but attempt to appear ok, becasue that's what many people do. They shut down inside, they have to shut down becasue they have to keep going, they have to survive. And the unwillingness to provide mental health to disaster victims isn't out of ignorance, but greed.

Monday March 28, 2011, 1:37 am
Honestly, the depths of behaviour that people will sink to! I just felt SICk when I heard what had happened to this family.. How can people do this to people who have lost so much and are already so traumaitsed. I just hope and pray that one day, all the vicims of these terrible floods will be healed of their terrible memories and will be able to pick up where they left off. tTauma of this type is hard to get over. My prayers are with each and every person who has been affected by the terrible ravages of natural disasasters. I wish there was more that I, personally, could do. Words are so inadeqate to help at times like this.

Monday March 28, 2011, 4:21 am
Noted - thank you Simone!

Jason Green (235)
Monday March 28, 2011, 4:27 am
What a dreadfully sad story, my thougths go out to him and his family

Carol H (229)
Monday March 28, 2011, 6:37 am
noted through tears! I will pray for this very special person! thanks Simone. noted

IE Ries (237)
Monday March 28, 2011, 7:38 am
"...burglars trashed his house and defecated on the kitchen floor,"

WTF kind of MORONS do such things as taking dump on the KITCHEN floor of a dwelling?! What sort of idiot does things of this nature??

I just don't understand this. When burglars break in, they are generally looking for items to take and leave. Sometimes they make a mess digging for items of value that might be hidden, but a smashing people's family photographs?

This wasn't an ordinary burglary, this was someone that specifically targeted that family to harm them. What kind of deranged assclown would find saving an animal from a river "offensive"??

Mr. Cole is a hero, and for all he's been through, he's coping better than most. I am so very sorry to hear that amidst all the natural disasters and trouble, he was targeted and victimized by lunatics who obviously gain a thrill harming others. I hope they are caught by the authorities and that the criminal justice system makes an example of them - they deserve it!

Care two is lost (252)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:51 am
I hope this man and his family see better times ahead. Bless him for risking his life to save an animal.

Latonya W (82)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:01 am
We will pray for u and ur family.......Such a sad story....all those news casters etc should do a donate to help him kind of thing....

Susan Pernot (75)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:05 am
I pray for this man and his family. Bless him for rescuing the roo.

Dotti L (85)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:07 am
My heart goes out to this wonderful family. Blessings to him and prayers for better things to come.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday March 28, 2011, 12:36 pm
I hope everything works out!

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 3:47 pm
He and his family have had some very tough times. I hope that things get better for him in the future.

june bullied (553)
Monday March 28, 2011, 6:12 pm
very sad.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 12:29 am
Too sad. People are always quick give a hand to slap people down but never offer a hand to lift them up. I'll be keeping him and his family in my thoughts.

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:25 am
Mental health issues are something that are always on the back burner worldwide. Only at times of disaster or the the more spectacular manifestations of mental health issues such as serial killers or gross acts of animal cruelty does anyone take notice! This guy should be in our thoughts and prayers along with all victims of disasters and the consequences of lack of mental health care world wide!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 2:24 am
This man & his family DESERVE good things to happen for them NOW.

Jan G (86)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:35 am
What a kind man and his family. I hope that their life turns a corner now and things improve. Unlike the trash who wrecked their home - hope bad things happen to them.

Lindsey Williams (234)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:12 am
So sad.....he seems like a really nice man. I hope him and his family will be okay....i will be thinking of them. thanks for sharing this

Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:30 am
what can we do to help him and his family directly?

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 7:34 am
Shared on Facebook!!!

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 9:01 am
Sadly noted. I hope Mr. Cole is able to turn his life around. Lately, this story is being repeated all over the world. Most recently in Japan.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 11:07 am
TY SImone,this is the kind of people I wish the world was made up of...

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 7:28 pm
What a heroic man to have to go through such an ordeal after.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:06 pm
My heart goes out to this family.

Animae C (508)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 12:47 am
Love & Light to Ray & family,
his community, the Animals
& ALL suffering horribly around the world.

Catherine Ignatowski (80)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:24 am
Noted, It';s sad all the things that happened to this man. God will indeed bless him

Jill Vickerman (416)
Friday April 1, 2011, 10:34 am
How awful, there but for the grace of God go you or I....

jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 12:05 am
God bless him

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 3:54 pm
Noted Tks Simone.... This is dreadful for this man and family.. I'll keep him in my prayers and thoughts and that things will take a turn for the better..

Elsie Au (259)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 4:22 am
This is terrible. Why someone want to do something like this to him and his family is beyond me. I hope things will turn out to be fine for him and his family soon.

Michele Vernet (15)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:15 am
Noted and shared on Facebook

Katherine S (34)
Saturday April 9, 2011, 11:35 am
noted and forwarding
such a sad story.....I hope things work out well for them

Susan S (187)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:15 pm
A very touching and thought-provoking story about the ups and downs of life. Prayers and blessings for this angel and his family.

SANDRA R (145)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 7:45 am
Sadly noted. Thank you Simone.

Sally Jay (63)
Monday September 5, 2011, 10:38 pm
What a HERO, but those scums who stole from him need to be hung
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