Takin’ care of business

Friday, March 22, 2019

As the flood waters rise and fall, the dedication of our street and road and bridge crews, utility workers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and all emergency responders is too often taken for granted.

As high waters damage, threaten and inconvenience us, it’s nice to know that our capable first responders are prepared to work long and hard hours in very dangerous conditions day and night to keep us safe and make transportation possible.

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. And then they risk their lives working to save ours.

Think about this!

Also, our city police and county sheriff’s departments and fire departments, along with the State Patrol and hospital ambulance and medical personnel, roll up their sleeves and disregard the hazardous conditions to do their jobs and answer the calls whenever and wherever they are.

In flooding, we’ve seen firefighters wade and boat to help (save) others. We’ve seen law enforcement wade, boat door-to-door to check on residents. We’ve seen police officers shovel debris to clear street gutters, helping out whenever and wherever they are needed even though much of it is not in their “job description.” Shovels and push brooms are not sidearms or pepper spray, but for these guys, it’s whatever it takes.

My God, where would we all be in time of need without them?

Respect them, folks. Treat them with dignity. Admire and appreciate them. And let them know how you feel. It won’t hike their pay check, but it’ll mean much more to them.

As much as they mean to us.