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Emergency Responders...A Thank You


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Features

They’re common professions named to the “what I want to be when I grow up” list from our days in elementary school... a fireman, a police officer, a doctor (in which here we can relate to paramedics or EMTs). Appreciation for each of these positions starts at a young age as these are the people who keep us safe, protect us from harm, and serve as idols and people to look up to.

What is even more amazing about our emergency responders in Fillmore and Houston counties is that the majority of them are volunteers, ready to jump into action at the sound of the pager no matter if they’re at work, enjoying a local athletic game, or sleeping in the middle of the night.

Our small communities are more lucky than we often consider ourselves to be, and the fact that we have so many generous individuals willing to volunteer their time should not be taken for granted. Being on an emergency response team is a 24-hour around the clock job, which takes a huge amount of commitment.

Emergency responders have a lot to deal with. Their jobs extend beyond responding to distress calls. To be a firefighter, paramedic or even a police officer today takes a considerable amount of initial training and continuous refresher courses from there.

Over the past year we’ve seen a few of our Fillmore and Houston county communities meet the challenge of finding enough individuals to sustain emergency response teams, particularly ambulance crews. The fact that several communities of less than 1,000 people are able to sustain is truly something to be grateful for.

Let’s not overlook any of the aspects that our fire deparments, ambulance staffs and police departments contribute. Many departments and crews are a large part of our community celebrations through the various parades and hosting community dances. And, let’s not forget the charitable donations that some departments make each year and the volunteer work they do to make our communities the great places to live that they are.

Our emergencies responders truly do possess characteristics that not everyone does. It takes a special personality to provide us the broad scope of public service that they do. And because of this we should be thankful.

The emergency response team members in our local communities are our neighbors, friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances. The next time we see them, giving them a simple ‘thank you’ has been well deserved.

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