Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 27, 2013

Credit where it’s due

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

— The next time you see cop, thank him or her for what they do.

The next time you see a sheriff’s deputy, thank him or her for what they do.

Same rings true for troopers, firefighters, our EMS crews and all the men and women who support them.

You had a pretty good showing of all of the above on Tuesday night — Christmas Eve — “doing” what they “do” to “protect and serve.”

About 30 of those fine folks (and the dispatchers and jailers that work with them) spent their holiday that night out in the cold, searching for armed suspects in a car theft and chase that ended out in the county.

Some of those out there were scheduled to work that night.

Many of them, however, were not.

Yet they answered the call to respond where they were needed, when they were needed, without hesitation.

Why?

Because that’s what they do — whether it be a normal Tuesday night or Christmas Eve, as was the case this week.

People needed help, and they were there.

Every one of those people who responded to that incident put their lives in jeopardy upholding the laws they are sworn to enforce, doing the job they signed up to do.

Truth be told, they put their lives on the line every day, every night, every time they put on the uniform — whether it be the garb of the policeman, deputy, trooper, constable, firefighter or medic.

House fire, car wreck, robbery, domestic dispute — every single one of those things can “go bad” in an instant. That’s the chance all of our first responders take, every time they answer a call.

It’s what they do.

That’s a spirit and dedication that I’ve seen in towns big and small across our country.

But I’ll add this without any hesitation — the men and women of our local law enforcement agencies are among the best I’ve ever encountered.

As I said at the outset of this offering, the next time you see one of these folks, thank them for what they do.

You never know when you’ll be needing their help.

But you can know this for sure — they will be there when you need them.

Because that’s what they do.

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Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com