How People React to Sad News


The Door County Dive Team spent most of Friday March 11 pulling a car from the freezing waters of Northern Door County, WI. (Alyssa Bloechl photo)


I write the news for a living. A lot of that time is spent in long governmental meetings, reading through large documents and covering fundraisers. Sometimes, you have to cover something outside of the normal.

On Friday, I spent about six hours covering local authorities extracting a car from freezing cold water. We learned the car has been there, presumably, since mid-November 2015, and it took special circumstances for the vehicle to be noticed.

At the end of the day, as medical examiners arrived, about a dozen spectators and myself realized it was not an abandoned car pushed off the dock. We had expected the worst, but there had been a hope throughout the day that no one was in the car.

I met a number of local Door County residents who wanted to come and see what was going on. They filtered in and out during the day. Some were there before me, stayed through lunch and left shortly before authorities. I also met travelers and visitors who showed deep concern for the unfolding events.

Hearing the reason why emergency vehicles and law authorities were on the scene for over 24-hours brought individuals to automatically say, “I hope no one is in the car.”

What we knew from the pieces of information the Door County Sheriff’s Department told us during the day, people continued to comment they were hoping for the best outcome. It would not surprise me if a few of those people sent up a few silent prayers as the water trickled out of the car as it was pulled up from the depths.

I found that people who learn about tragic events in their backyards and neighborhoods care deeply for those involved. They openly wonder if the family of the hurt knows what is happening. They bring coffee for the hard working officers, emergency responders and divers. (This really did happen on Friday.) They do what little they can to help make this a better reality.

There is a sadness, anger or fear for the “bad” stuff we read in the news. There is also an innate goodness that comes out of people when they know of something terrible happening. We need to remember that.

My hope is that with the story I wrote on Friday and this blog post, we can reach more people to say a prayer, think a good thought or take a good action to ease the suffering of those who are directly affected by this and other sad news events.

To the family of Earnest H. Moore: I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that many in Door County have been thinking and praying for him, you and yours. God bless.

-Alyssa B.

To read my official coverage of this event, click here.


7 thoughts on “How People React to Sad News

  1. Oh that was so nicely stated. I did pray for Earnest Moore and his family on Thursday and Friday. You were eloquent in your handling of the whole situation. It was a pleasure to meet you. And it was something I will never forget. Rest in peace Mr. Moore

  2. Alyssa,
    I still relive the moment the car first appeared. I prayed for Mr. Moore and his family throughout the day and continue to pray for them. Thank you for your kind words to the family and perhaps we will meet again under better circumstances.

  3. Thank you, Alyssa, for your comforting words. I still relive the moment we first saw the car and continue to pray for Mr. Moore and his family.

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