Hero & Zero: A cliff rescue & an oblivious pit bull owner

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. On Monday night, multiple agencies, including the Marin County Fire Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, rushed to assist four men stranded on a cliff in a remote area of Point Reyes National Seashore. Responders found two people on an unstable perch about 100 feet from the top of the cliff. The other two men made it down the cliff to the beach below, but were cut off from trail access by rising tides and waves. A California Highway Patrol helicopter lowered personnel to the beach to help the hikers there, and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, better equipped for a technical hoist rescue at night, extracted the two men from the cliff. The four were safe and unharmed, thanks to their 35 rescuers.

Zero: Hey, Corte Madera Lady with the menacing black pit bull that runs loose through a neighborhood filled with children: You have released a loaded gun into the community. On Easter Sunday, your off-leash pit charged a family on a stroll with their two dogs and stood face-to-face with one of their leashed pooches. As the dangerous dog snarled and continued to emit a serious, deep-throated growl, the frightened family spotted you, Corte Madera Lady, far down the street, oblivious. They protected their child, backed up slowly and yelled to you to get your dog. You sent your 5-year-old child to retrieve your threatening pit. Frankly, we’re wondering if you have enough sense to have a dog, let alone a child, in your care.

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