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November 11, 2012
Salem News

Roses to the big outpouring of concern and compassion for Layne Jones. The editor's vibrant and buddy of a 4-year-old grandson was struck by a car while trick-or-treating in Lisbon on Halloween. It was the scariest of scares but through the grace of God and perhaps with Layne having a hard noggin' and rag doll flexibility he was spared serious injury after being knocked through the air. Physically any residual damage should be minor. Mentally, time will tell. He certainly does hold grandpa's hand much tighter now while outside. You have to wonder how such a young mind processes all that happened. We shudder to think of what one of those monster frack trucks that barrel through Lisbon by the dozen would do to a young child. We shudder to think what hard asphalt struck just so would have done to a young child. We are grateful for the quick thinking of Layne's aunt who likely prevented harsh injury to him by reaching out and grabbing him right when the car was striking. She absorbed a brunt of the force. She suffered her own injuries. And guilt for what happened. She shouldn't. Her brother, Layne's dad, calls her a "hero." We certainly can't disagree. Layne's family -see related letter to editor on next page - is truly grateful for all the emails, calls, letters, stopped-in-the-street to pass along best wishes and yes, pounds of candy for Layne that was received. It is humbling but not surprising given all of the kind-hearted people throughout our communities. We like to say that from the time you awaken, you never know what is going to happen by day's end - good, bad or in between. You never know what is going to be on the front page of the newspaper the next day. That reality certainly was again driven home that night. Again, thank you to everyone for their support and thank God for looking out for the little guy.



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