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Thanks for acknowledging emergency responders

Margo SimmonsBlue River

RE: Consider This, May 29Thanks to Gary Lindstrom and his article regarding the fire departments in the county. We are truly blessed with a top of the line fire service here and they deserve our admiration and respect. When I had heard that the County Commissioners had sent letters to all the emergency services that they could no longer be seen shopping for groceries at City Market or Safeway, nor dining in any of the local restaurants, I was shocked. These men and woman are on 24 hour shifts away from home, family and their own beds. The least they can do is get a decent meal. Sometimes it is just grabbing a hot dog and coke from 7-11 between calls.I just wish you had also sung the praises of the Summit County Ambulance Service in your article. They too are on 24 hour shifts and often go from call to call with no time to get back to quarters to cook a meal. They have to eat out, and on the run.Unlike the fire services, the Ambulance Service gets no tax dollars at all. They are strictly fee based. I know for a fact, talking to paramedics from the service, that their call volume was very high for the first quarter of this year.Hats off to all our emergency workers in this county. Give them the thumbs up when you pass them on the road or see them in uniform around the county.


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