What’s in His Arms? Mere Hours After Mud Covered the Land, These Men Risked Their Lives to Save a Six-Month-Old Baby From Washington’s Oso Mudslide.

At the end of March, a hillside in the northern Cascade mountains gave way after weeks of relentless rain. Just four miles outside the little town of Oso, Washington, a full square mile of mud slid down the foothills, damming the Stillaguamish River and blocking Washington State Route 530. It’s the type of thing we reflect on and has the rescue stories we cheer. But we somehow missed this one. These men scraped through mud and houses that were reduced to toothpicks, even as the ground was settling, these men risked their own lives to save a six-month-old baby. Wow.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.