July 4th means more this year to mother of local climber rescued on Mount Rainier

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 2:25pm

WACO -- Pride, patriotism and family.

Today hundreds donning their red, white and blue made their way to the Annual Austin Avenue Parade in Waco to celebrate our freedom.

"The freedom, the liberty that we have in the United States it's just so wonderful and I appreciate it very, very much," said Carmela Maddox.

"My uncle was in the war and was killed so it's a memorial day for him and a memorial day for the United States to remember soldiers like him," said 12-year-old Andrew Lee.

And for Georgea-Anna VanDyke, today is a day to honor this who are still serving.

"There was a special ranger that helped to save this one. And I'm very, very appreciative. Very appreciative," said VanDyke.

That ranger was 33-year-old Nick Hall.

A veteran Mount Rainier National Park Ranger who died rescuing four climbers from Waco.

One of the climbers was George-Anna's son.

"I just want to say thanks to Nick and to his family and my condolences go out to him for the sacrifices that he made so that I can be here today and enjoy this July 4th," said Ros VanDyke.

"We're just glad to have him home and we're glad everyone's home. Home and safe," said Georgea-Anna. 


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