Saturday, December 23, 2006

From Frank James, on Behalf of the James Family

The following statement was released Friday, December 22:

This has been a difficult time for our family. But, we have peace and comfort—peace in our hearts that the Lord is with us as we grieve and comfort in knowing Kelly was prepared to meet God.

As Christmas approaches, our family will hold each other closer and open our hearts for God to fill them with grace and love.

We wish to thank the millions of people who offered prayers and support during this most difficult time of our lives.

Specifically, we thank Sheriff Joe Wampler and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, residents of Hood River and Clackamas counties, Oregon Air National Guard, State of Oregon, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Crag Rats, Portland Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Search & Rescue, Captain Christopher Bernard and the U.S. Air Force 304th Rescue Squadron, Hood River Airport, T-Mobile, ARACAR, IOMAX and the dozens of volunteer rescue workers who donated their time and risked their lives.

We especially thank Sgt. Josh Johnston who found Kelly.

The efforts made by the rescue workers on Mt. Hood were heroic and our family is grateful to them.

Thank you.

Frank James

Media, please note:

The James family is no longer taking interview requests, as they are focused on preparing for funeral services for Kelly James. At this time, the details of those services are not available.

Also, the photos taken from Kelly James’ camera will not be made public.


Thersites2 said...

God bless you all. I wish it had turned out better, and will pray for your family.

Anonymous said...

I send my prayers on this holy day. May Kelly's soul rest in peace, for eternity as the breath of his loved ones' gets them though the grief, day by day. May god bless his soul, he touched god's creation and for that will be always blessed.