In October, I made a list of topics for my 30 days of thanks posts. I had emergency responders on that list — you know, the men and women who answer our calls for help when accident, fire or crime strikes. Several times I have thought I need to write the post but I thought to myself, I need to research it more or I need to do this or that. Tonight as sirens wailed in the neighborhood, I knew I needed to do this now whether I researched it or not. There are times when it is abundantly clear…. we are truly blessed to have such great emergency responders in the communities I have lived in.
For a lot of us, when we think of emergency responders, we think of TV shows and movies. We picture heroes heading toward or emerging from the flames or careening through the streets as CPR is done in the back of an ambulance or who guide you to safety when a hazard is ahead.
These men and women are also the ones who help provide for our safety. They guide school children across the road safely and hold events where they will check to see if the car seat you just put in the car is secured properly.
But so many of us also think of dear friends who dedicate their careers to the efforts that the rest of us count on when things go bad. Who work long hours, who miss holidays with loved ones, who come through for us and others in our communities time and time again. Many of those in rural communities are volunteers who farm, run the local gas station or farm supply store or whatever. They spend time nights and weekends learning the best ways to protect and serve.
Today I am truly thankful for the people who look after our safety and health and who respond to the call. Please remember how much of a difference their ability to arrive quickly is and pull over if you hear a siren. If it was your family that needed the responders, you would want others to do the same.