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Editorial: Return of Brian Gapp is astonishing

In October, 16-year-old Brian Gapp of Hastings nearly lost his life.

He surely would have if not for the hard work of dozens of people over the past two months.

This week, we want to take a few minutes to acknowledge them, even though we can't name most of them. They know who they are, and they need to be publically thanked.

To the person who initially called in the accident -- thank you for taking the time to check the vehicle for an occupant. Your diligence began the series of steps that were required to save Brian's life.

To the first responders who took the scene immediately and carefully extricated the student from his vehicle -- what you do here is a phenomenal feat. If it weren't for your hard work and care, we are certain his fragile life would have been lost.

To the helicopter pilot and medical team that arrived on the scene and whisked Brian away, the job you do must be a challenging one. You are faced with life and death decisions every day. Thank you for the work you do.

To the Hastings officers and the Dakota County sheriff's deputy who arrived at the Gapp family home to deliver the news: That can't be an easy thing to do. We appreciate your work, and thank you for handling such challenging situations with as much gentleness as possible. To officer Kyle Lindscheid, who drove Brian's mother to the hospital, thanks for your kind gesture.

To the various nurses, doctors and staff at Gillette Children's Hospital: Thank you for sending Brian home. What you were able to do in two months with him is nothing short of a medical miracle.

The community that has welcomed him home -- the family appreciates you. They told us so on Saturday.