Sunday, October 28, 2012
Have You Thanked a First Responder Today?
As I was driving home yesterday from my cabin, I passed four accidents on the highway. It was raining and foggy, a dangerous combination. Two of the accidents looked serious; in one of them a car had flipped completely over upside down. The other two were less serious; it appeared that one of them might have been caused when the car in front slowed down as several lanes merged into one at an accident site, and the car behind ran into it.
The police and fire trucks were already on the scene at two accidents, and were arriving at another one as I drove by. Ambulances were also there. The police were quick to address the traffic issues, standing in the pouring rain directing vehicles around the accidents and making room for emergency vehicles and personnel. The police were also guiding non injured victims in shock to safe areas. EMTs were attending to the injured.
Many of us are not happy to hear sirens or to see flashing lights in our rear view mirrors, especially if we are being stopped for a traffic violation. But as I passed these accidents and witnessed the expertise and dedication of all these heroes, I could imagine that those same flashing lights were lights from heaven and the sirens were the songs of angels to the injured and distressed.
So next time I see a police officer or a fire fighter, I’m going to make a point to walk up and say thank you. If I’m in my car, I’ll smile and wave. I can drop off some cookies at the fire station near my house, and leave a gift card for the police officers who frequent a local coffee shop.
If you are an emergency responder or if you know one, please accept or pass along my appreciation. Y’all are heroes every day. Thank you.