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We’re not sure how our family could even begin to thank everyone who helped turn what could have been a devastating tragedy into an event with a happy ending. We’re not even sure how many people were involved, but we know it was probably in the hundreds.

On Monday, Sept. 28, our brother John, who suffers for Alzheimer’s disease, walked out of his house in Secaucus. Now he has done this many times, always coming back home after a short walk. This day was different; he didn’t return.