It’s no surprise anymore when this community responds to fellow residents in need, but it should never be taken for granted. Such is the case with the disappearance of Jassen Strokosch last week.

Friends, family, members of the South East Oak Park Community Organization and the Irving School community, District 97 and, of course, the Oak Park Police Department distinguished themselves by their quick and committed response to last week’s fortunately short-lived crisis for the Strokosch family.

Fliers were designed and handed out at el stops, the forest preserves were searched, social networking was used to maximum benefit. We live in an era when a lot of manpower and resources can be mobilized quickly. Yet the response was still impressive.

As if it weren’t already obvious, we live in a caring community that rises to every occasion.

We’re not stating the obvious. We’re venting our pride.

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