Janel and I wish to extend a personal thank you to the Winona County Sheriff's Department, local fire departments, first responders, law enforcement officers, search and rescue teams, divers and all volunteers involved in the recovery of the four victims involved in the tragic Jan. 5 accident on Riverview Drive in Winona.

We cannot express enough our overwhelming appreciation for these everyday heroes, who show up without fail in our most vulnerable moments to save and protect us, even when their own health and safety are in jeopardy. We rely on their teams, training and experience and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication and commitment in keeping our communities and citizens safe.

We also wish to pay respect to the victims, their families and friends impacted by this unimaginable tragedy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeremy Miller

State Senator