Two praiseworthy things happened in Wilton last week that deserve a shout-out. Despite the fact that one took place at a sporting event and another at a celebration, no one won anything but admiration. The first event was last Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the FCIAC boys cross-country championship meet at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Wilton High School junior Davis Cote was running his race when he saw a competitor \u2014 Danbury High School senior Aidan Byrne \u2014 struggling and then collapsing right next to him. Instead of carrying on, Davis stopped, turned around, picked Aidan up and then helped him finish the last 100 meters to cross the finish line. According to the story in The Bulletin\u2019s sports section, Davis lost about 10 places for his actions. When asked about it, Davis said he didn\u2019t pause to think, calling it \u201can in-the-moment thing.\u201d That\u2019s what makes it so refreshing. There was no weighing of pros and cons. He just did it. Many young people do wonderful things to help their fellow humans \u2014 including right here in Wilton \u2014 you can read about them in these pages almost every week. But in an age where cheating is so widespread to gain an edge, demonstrating compassion in a competitive sport is something to be recognized. Davis called Aidan \u201ca great athlete and runner\u201d and said \u201ceverybody deserves to finish the race.\u201d Afterwards, Davis went over to the Danbury team to check on Aidan, and was greeted with handshakes and thanks. It\u2019s a moment several young men will remember, probably for a long time. The second event took place here in Wilton, at fire headquarters on Oct. 16, when T.G. Rawlins, one of the founders of the Community Emergency Response Team, was given a celebratory send-off after 15 years of service. Rawlins, newly retired, is sailing south \u2014 literally \u2014 with his wife Tosha. Rawlins is not one to blow his own horn, and despite being repeatedly asked about highlights of his service with CERT, he would only say how vital the organization is to Wilton and how dedicated its members are. But an article published in The Bulletin on March 25, 2010, illustrates what fellow CERT member Jack Majesky meant when he said without Rawlins, \u201cwe\u2019d be nothing.\u201d That article recounted how Rawlins was honored by the American Red Cross as one of its 2010 Heroes of Lower Fairfield County. The Red Cross said he was recognized for dedicating \u201chundreds of hours acquiring grant money, coordinating internal functions, and delivery of preparedness training and response to assist Wilton Fire and Police emergency personnel. His contribution to town preparedness and operational plans for mass vaccinations clinics and actual mass vaccination for the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009 is unsurpassed.\u201d Rawlins, who was nominated for the award by former Police Chief Michael Lombardo and former Fire Chief Paul Milositz, said he was \u201cshocked, honored and humbled.\u201d As one might expect, Rawlins spent the rest of the article talking about the CERT team. After that high point, Rawlins spent nine more years serving the community \u2014 as a volunteer \u2014 in the worst of conditions \u2014 at traffic accidents, during storms, at shelters \u2014 basically helping people in crisis. He did not do this alone. He had the support of dozens of like-minded citizens who were his fellow teammates. And they had the support of the town. It is not every town that embraces a Community Emergency Response Team. It is to the credit of past and present town and emergency services officials that they view CERT as a valuable part of Wilton\u2019s emergency response.