By David Hull
January 12, 2008
With all the tragedy that has befallen Ketchikan recently, I
think a small group of people is consistently overlooked when
it comes to "back patting" or "thank you's".
This group consists for those civilian individuals who choose
to get involved by calling 911 and assisting the victims in the
earliest moments of an emergency. These individuals include
family members, passerbys, or complete strangers just wanting
to help. They are often victims of the collateral damage that
the incident produced and left out when it comes to information
sharing. It is time to at least acknowledge their contributions.
I have tried to convey the appreciation of the North Tongass
Volunteer Fire Department's personnel whenever I am on scene
and have asked that NTVFD personnel do so in my absence. I am
writing this to express my appreciation publicly to those countless,
nameless individuals who have helped out in the past but never
formally recognized. They are the true first responders, just
before the dispatcher who answers the call for help and directs
units to respond.
So please, everyone who have helped out recently and in the past
please accept the thanks from one Fire Chief who understands
how it feels to wait an hour for help to arrive when it really
only takes a few minutes. My thanks can never be enough, but
know you are remembered.
Received January 10, 2008 -
Published January 12, 2008
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