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A mom, a dog, a walk: Russo's family pays tribute in the Atlanta snow

  • Blog Post by: Brian Stensaas
  • January 30, 2014 - 6:35 PM

Often when those who tell the news become the news story it doesn't have a positive spin. But that wasn't the case this week for our Michael Russo.

Russo took a brief leave from covering the Wild to be in the Georgia with family for the final days of his stepfather, Lenny. A day after the funeral Russo, his mother and little dog Oliver were caught en route to a celebration of Lenny's life in the crippling traffic that choked Metro Atlanta. They faced a decision: Wait in the gridlock or walk the more than three miles to the gathering.

The decision was simple: Lenny deserved to be properly remembered.

So they scooped Oliver into a shopping bag and began to walk. Soon after, Russo snapped a pic for his nearly 53,000 Twitter followers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution picked up on the adventure, and J. Scott Trubey penned the tale.

Their journey, Trubey wrote, carried the weight of life and love.

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