Acts of Kindness
Stranger hears about missing boy and uses drone to find 'bright spot'
A local photographer heard the news of the missing boy and decided to use his equipment to help – and it worked.
Jenny Brown
09.29.21

When a child goes missing – it’s a moment of terror for the family.

600 volunteers turned out to help find the youngster after Ethan had been missing for 10 hours.

The Start of the Horror

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When Ethan got off the school bus like most youngsters he wanted to go play with the family dog, so he left his siblings to do so.

Temperatures Dropped

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Temperatures began to drop to near freezing and nobody had seen Ethan since he had got off the bus.

A Savvy Photographer

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A local photographer, Steve Fines, got the idea to use his drone. He knew he could be of help. Even though night had fallen the photographer activated the heat-seeking thermal imaging feature on the drone.

A Sighting

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A 1:50 in the morning the photographer saw an image in a cornfield. He saw that it was a usual shape but he thought he saw something that looked like the dog.

Ground Crew Investigates

The deputy with the photographer sent a ground crew out to investigate.

A Great Find

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Armed with flashlights the ground crew came across Ethan along with his dog Remy.

Ethan’s Take On The Event

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In an interview, Ethan said that when he was lost he was yelling loudly for help. He was able to hear the sound of the drone when it was up in the sky.

A Family Relieved

Words can not express how relieved Mom was that Ethan was found.

Drones Coming To The Rescue Several Times Over

There are a lot of people that don’t know much about drones. But those that do know how valuable they can especially when it comes to saving a life, such as when someone is lost.

Missing Hikers Found

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Another story with a big happy ending was the finding of some missing hikers. Douglas County Search and Rescue teams relied on this amazing resource to locate some missing hikers.

75-Year-Old Rescued Thanks to a Drone

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An elderly man in Norfolk got separated from friends and family and ended up getting caught in a deep muddy creek. He was caught there overnight until he was spotted with the use of a drone and then rescued. Without the technology of the drone who knows whether he would have even been found in time.

Corn Field Horror

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Cornfields are something that many people don’t realize that they could get lost in. Especially for someone that is elderly as one 81-year-old woman discovered in North Carolina. When it was discovered the woman was missing the Police began a search using canines. However, the terrain was too rough and the cornfields created a problem.

After using a drone to assist them it didn’t take long for the authorities to find the woman who had become lost in the cornfield. She was wearing a purple jacket that made it easier for them to spot her.

The Value of Drones

Some may think that Drones are just a toy or a form of entertainment but these stories prove that they are much more than that.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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