Let's hear it for our emergency responders

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

As spring arrives and severe weather like thunderstorms, winds, heavy rains, lightning, and tornadoes rear their ugly heads, it's time to think about the dedication to duty of our utility workers, street and road crews, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and all emergency responders.

As severe weather and warnings come and go, it's nice to know that our capable city street, county and state highway road crews are prepared to work 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 may 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 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, roll up their sleeves and disregard the threatening and dangerous weather to do their jobs and answer the calls whenever and wherever they are.

Please, just remember in the midst of all our comfort in our cozy homes, that there are dedicated men and women out there risking their lives in the hazardous elements and ensuring our safety if and when we must venture out.

It's superbly comforting knowing "they" are out there.

May God, bless them. We surely owe all of them a huge debt of gratitude.