The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 2, 2013

Walk in a firefighter's boots


Perhaps people need to be reminded that these men and women respond to fires, hazardous materials spills, car accidents, and other emergencies at the drop of a hat -- whether it's in the middle of dinner, or in the middle of the night. And let's not forget that these same people also hold down "real" jobs to earn the money to pay their own family's bills.

To expect these volunteers to continue a tradition because the community enjoys it is at the very least unrealistic and at worst misguided. In short, the mission of the fire department is to protect life and property; it is not to provide a venue for socialization and entertainment. Certainly other organizations would be welcome to continue the carnival tradition just as they have in Milton and other communities.

So if you are not currently walking in a firefighter's boots, please don't be so quick to judge or criticize their decision. I urge you to make the responsible choice to support the Warrior Run Area Fire Department carnival, no matter where it is held. If your house is on fire, if you or a loved one are in a car accident or are severely ill, I feel sure that you will not be in the least bit concerned about where the carnival is held; you will just be happy to see a firefighter responding to your emergency.

Finally, it would be a wonderful gesture of support if you would simply say "thank you" to a firefighter, or better yet, volunteer a few hours some evening to help in a carnival stand so that a firefighter could take a night off and spend it with his or her family, or at least take a break. Thanks to those who do so; it is much appreciated.

Bev Staman, Watsontown

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