|Midgley Bridge - Credit Flickr CC|
Our team has been to Midgley Bridge in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon before, for the same type of mission. In fact, when the call is for Midgley Bridge, it's usually preceded or followed by the words "body recovery." Certainly not an easy thing to do in any sense of the word. But, speaking for myself, dealing with that grim task is made easier by the fact that I'm doing it with my teammates, who understand the range of emotions that goes along with it. And following such missions, which all of those volunteers present had been through before, "critical incident management" (basically, counseling) was offered to us, either immediately or at any time afterward.
While I have to admit that I'm okay with what I did and saw, I can't help but wonder about that man and why, after 80 years of life, he decided to leave it and in the way that he did. I can't imagine the feeling of helplessness, sorrow or perhaps something else that would drive someone to do such a thing. I hope he'll rest in peace.