Christmas Stories: Life Saved, Bad Teacher, Pictures!

First, Christmas saves a life

When officials found a black Lexus, engine running, in the middle of the Glenn Jackson bridge Wednesday night, they feared the worst.

But a quick response from multiple agencies ended with the rescue of a 38-year-old Ridgefield man who had apparently jumped 100 feet into the waters below.

Downriver, Deputies Ken Yohe and Ron Osborn of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office river patrol were on duty. The 54th annual Christmas Ship Parade had just kicked off, and they were watching over the dozens of boats decked in sparking lights that were touring the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

“Any other night, we wouldn’t have had a boat out,” Yohe said. “We would have been responding from home.”

And, in short order, they saved the man, who was clinging to a log.

“One hundred feet, wow, it’s a Christmas miracle that he lived at all,” said McRedmond, “Somehow it changed his world so he’ll be with his kids for the holidays.”

And now, Bad Teacher

A teacher has been banned from a primary school after telling children Father Christmas does not exist.

The female supply teacher told pupils at Blackshaw Lane Primary in Royton, Oldham, that it was parents, not Santa, who left their gifts on Christmas Day.

Several parents complained to the head teacher, who has since accepted an apology from the teacher concerned.

The head teacher wants to dismiss the teach for what she told the 7 year olds. And the teacher is being investigated.

And now, some Santa photos!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. At the mall.

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