Happy Thanksgiving. Today is a Holiday, which means paid time off work, for most people. A time to overindulge with homemade goodies and enjoy the presence of family as they gather around the table to recite what they are thankful for.
But for those of us in the public safety family, well, there is no such thing as a holiday and time off. We are in the business of 24/7/365 response.
We are on duty ready to answer the call for those who overindulge with food and make themselves sick and needing an ambulance.
We are on duty ready to answer the call for those who overindulge with alcohol and try to drive or fight with their family members and need police presence to put things back in order.
We are on duty ready to answer the call for those who light their fireplaces and candles which end up burning their house down requiring fire department presence to try to rescue what and who they can.
Yes, we are on duty. Ready and able to be there to take care of the problem of the day. For some of the public we serve, they will not see us today. They will not be aware of our presence and preparedness. But, sadly, there will be a need for our skills as there will be that car accident or fire or fight or robbery or burglary or something that will require our ability to respond to disasters with speed and knowledge.
So world, be Thankful we are here. Be Thankful that we have the training to assist. Be Thankful we are here to help.
And especially be Thankful if you don't have to use our abilities today.