Editorial: In praise of our firefighters

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An SUV collides with a moose on a highway outside Morinville. Within minutes they are there to get the collision victims out of the wrecked vehicles and en route to hospital. A garage erupts in flames and shifts to the home it is attached to. Within minutes they arrive to battle the blaze and to protect neighbouring homes from destruction. A meatloaf catches fire in the oven, setting off the alarms. Within minutes they are there to douse the burned dinner and to reassure a shaken homeowner in the late afternoon.

They are the men and women of the Morinville Fire Department. They, together with their counterparts in Sturgeon County and Legal, give of their time and their compassion to, as has been said before, rush in as others are rushing out.

This week firefighters will spend time in schools and in the community offering their time during Fire Prevention Week, an annual awareness week that lets them remind us of what we need to do from prevent seeing them in full gear. It is also an opportunity for all of us to thank all of them for their commitment and volunteerism to saving lives and property.

If there are but two words they can take away from this brief editorial, they are thank you.

-SD

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  1. I have the pleasure of working as the administrative assistant for these hard working, dedicated people who give up so much of their personal time and commitment to do what they do for us (their community). It takes a particular type of person to be able to be a fire fighter (very much like other professions such as police officers and ambulance personnel), as they not only fight the fires, but the motor vehicle collisions & rescue situations they respond to, would be situations that many of us (myself included) would not be able to handle both physically and emotionally. I also want to thank all their families. Not only do they have to share their precious time with their loved ones as they attend training and calls at all hours of the day and night, but the emotional journey it takes them on as well. All this, so that you and I can sleep a little more peaceful at night knowing we have such dedicated people here in our community. “THANK YOU MORINVILLE FIRE FIGHTERS” !!!

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