Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, August 18 2014 at 4:19 PM, Updated: Mon, August 18 2014 at 4:28 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. - A 4-H member's tragedy turned into an amazing lesson in giving at Sunday's Rotary Livestock Auction in Klamath Falls.
Breanna Blodgett was preparing to sell her pig 'Brick' at this year's fair.
Willie Riggs of Klamath County Rotary explains that something went terribly wrong...
"One of our young 4-H members, their animal actually got sick and passed away."
Word spread quickly through the 4-H community.
Riggs says that's when Grace Maxfield of the Crystal Springs 4-H club stepped forward...
"Donated the young lady her extra animal so that this one how had a pig to show, has a pig to sell."
Showing the pig was an emotional effort for Breanna Blodgett of the Midland Porkies 4-H chapter...
"I pretty much just had a lot of people helping me through it. That's pretty much how I've been dealing with it."
Sherm's Thunderbird made the winning bid for Grace Maxfield's grand champion lamb...but it was Maxfield's generosity to Breanna Blodgett that won the hearts of the crowd.
"And it's just a true compassion story about how our 4-H kids treat each other." Notes Willie Riggs.
And the lesson hasn't been lost on Breanna...
"I'm going to try and help other 4-H members if it comes to it."
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KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.