As Old Man Winter blasted us with rain, ice, snow, wind and frigid temperatures during one very long winter, and again last week, it's time to think about the dedication to duty of our street and road crews, utility workers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency responders.
While winter was pelting us for months with significant snowfall, icy conditions, drifting and blowing snow, and freezing temperatures, our capable city street, county and state highway road crews worked long and hard hours in very difficult and dangerous conditions day and night to keep us safe and make transportation possible if need be.
Yes, they get remunerated for their overtime. But getting yanked out of bed in the middle of the night and summoned from their families in the dark and cold is a great price to pay to do the job they've been assigned.
Also, our city police and county sheriff's departments, along with the State Patrol and hospital ambulance and medical personnel, disregarded the threatening and dangerous weather to do their jobs and answer the calls whenever and wherever they were.
As we all know, there is something special about being warm and cozy with our families in our own homes while the winter weather rages outside and we watch contentedly out our windows as the snow piles up.
But just remember in the midst of all our comfort that there are dedicated and courageous men and women out there in the hazardous elements ensuring our safety if and when we must venture out.
It's always superbly comforting knowing "they" are out there.
We owe all of them a huge debt of gratitude.