Let’s not quench this spirit *UPDATED*

“They just harnessed me up and dipped me down in the water and I grabbed her and the crane drug her to the boat and that’s it,” Oglesbee said. “What are you going to do if she’s like that? It’s no big deal. The whole crew did it.”

So spoke Jason Oglesbee after being the last man in the chain of the daring rescue of a woman who got swept into a dam.  The story says so much about the ingenuity and courage that we see — most of the time — in the average American.  I hope that the nanny state doesn’t leech us of those qualities.  We know that it can, because that’s what has happened in England, where dependency on the government has rendered people helpless.

(P.S.  Check out the photo that goes with the story.  It’s a great picture.)

UPDATE:  More incredible pictures here.  In fact, here’s one: