In my work as a reporter, I often go to various emergency scenes like car crashes, fires, weather-related problems, downed power poles and the like. I do my job, taking pictures and writing details derived from each scene, and working very closely with law enforcement officials, firefighters, town and county crews and emergency technicians at the scenes.
I say with a great deal of pride in my fellow municipal, county and state friends in those careers, Gadsden County and its six municipalities have the most professional and caring people that I’ve ever seen who serve others as a way of life!
Just within the past two weeks, I went to two such scenes: a fatal car crash on Highway 12 just outside of Havana, and a two-car crash on US 27 near the Leon County line. At both scenes, police, deputies and FHP responded, as did Havana Volunteer Fire Department members and Gadsden County EMS technicians. At each, many people took care of the few who were involved.
At each scene, I also saw professionals doing work that I would not have thought about them having to do, such as in the two-car crash, firefighters using brooms to sweep glass and debris from the accident site to ensure the safety of the driving public when the road was re-opened, and in the one-vehicle crash, a trooper walking half a mile or so in near-100 degree heat to put traffic cones out at a blind curve to keep others safe.
The next time you see a police officer, deputy, highway patrol trooper, firefighter, EMT or other emergency responder, please thank them. They don’t hear that enough, in my book.
And to everyone working in those fields, whether it is emergency management or medical technicians or firefighters or police and all of their dispatchers, whomever you are, please know that I whole-heartedly thank you for responding to the call of duty to protect and serve.