The most impacting part was to volunteer with the Red Cross in a helicopter crash response.There were six government officials on board, all died in the fatal accident. By the time, we arrived at the scene, five bodies were found except the remains of the pilot.
Our task was to provide support to the grief stricken family of the pilot of the crashed helicopter. I had the honor of meeting and talking to the adolescent son of late Pilot Carlos Acevedo. A boy with a great smile, strong heart, and a desire to support his mother and sister.
During our conversation, not even a single time did he complain about the tragic event that had taken place in his life at a time when the rest of the world was celebrating Christmas and New Year. While others were receiving gifts, he, along with his mother, were waiting to see the remains of his father. Yet, he was smiling, not complaining and was trying very hard to stand tall in this tragedy like his father would have done.
Due to confidentiality issues, I will not be disclosing my conversation with him. However, I would like to use this platform to recognize and salute this little boy for being resilient in this crisis and trying to restore peace in his mother's and sister's lives.
Wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year!!!