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Thank those who serve while we celebrate

web posted December 27, 2006

COLUMN – While everyone has been enjoying Christmas and being off work, not everyone was so fortunate. With local governments still closed information needed to complete several stories is not available so reports are not listed today. However, I would like to take time to spotlight those who were at work while we all enjoyed our brief time off; jailers, dispatchers, EMS, firefighters, first responders, Sheriff’s Deputies, and local Police Officers.
Each one of them takes time away from their families to protect, serve, and aid Edgefield County citizens, often times in what could be called a thankless job.

Probably the most ignored would be those who work in the Edgefield County Detention Center overseeing those incarcerated; accused murderers, rapists, thieves, robbers, burglars, and sex offenders among others. 24 hours a day they watch over those who would do us harm.

Dispatchers are also among the behind the scenes and unrecognized when it comes to civil servants. Juggling 911 calls, regular calls, and coordinating Fire, Police, and EMS all at the same time and doing so 24 hours a day, holiday or not.

Our local EMS personnel, though few in number, do an outstanding job rushing to the aid of those in need of emergency medical attention around the clock.  Whether it is to check on the young boy that fell from a tree house or rescue victims of a horrific crash, they are always responsive, caring, and professional.

The same goes for the county’s all volunteer fire departments and first responders. At a moments notice they leave work, home, and even bed to respond to offer aid when they are asked to do so.

Law enforcement officers are in a different position. They are the knight in shining armor when they rush to stop and intruder or investigate a suspicious person, but are the devil incarnate by the person arrested, or even the family members of the suspect arrested.

Take a moment when you see any of these individuals to thank them for their selflessness, dedication, and service. Just as our men and women in the military place their lives on the line for our freedom these men and women have at one point placed their lives on the line to serve another citizen. Next time it may be you, your spouse, child, or loved one.


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