As Old Man Winter blasted us with rain, ice, snow, wind and cold temperatures the past few weeks, it's time to think about the dedication to duty of our street and road crews, utility workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders.
As winter pelts us with snow, icy conditions, dangerous winds, and freezing temperatures, it's nice to know that our capable city street, and county and state 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 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, roll up their sleeves and disregard the threatening and dangerous weather to do their jobs and answer the calls whenever and wherever they are.
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 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.
And as the New Year unfolds, please make it a special endeavor to personally let them know how much we appreciate them and their dedication.