LETTER: It took a village to find this family’s lost son last week

To Ozaukee Press,

I truly don’t know where to start, and words will never do this justice. I feel the need to express my deepest gratitude to our community, police and rescue, school, family, friends and many many others I don’t know and probably never will.

The outpouring of aid, support and communication in a parent’s worst nightmare came to a positive end because of the countless and selfless acts of many.

I knew this town, county and area were special, but this was above and beyond. I saw kids on bikes, moms in work clothes, ATVs, kayaks and canoes, dogs, you name it, it was there.

Social media has its pros and cons for sure. This was an example of the pros. The sharing of information led to people far outside our community helping and ultimately finding my son.   

I can promise my family will be there for anyone anytime as we saw thousands do for us when we needed it.

The phrase “It takes a village” has never resonated more clearly to me.

Alex Schroeder



Editor’s note: Alex Schroeder’s 14-year-old son Mason got lost while running on July 19. After about a five-hour search aided by social media, he was found by a passerby 20 miles from his home.


Click Here to Send a Letter to the Editor

Ozaukee Press

Wisconsin’s largest paid circulation community weekly newspaper. Serving Port Washington, Saukville, Grafton, Fredonia, Belgium, as well as Ozaukee County government. Locally owned and printed in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

125 E. Main St.
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 284-3494


User login