To the Editor:
To be in the presence of such a brave and noble group, the Granite City Firefighters Local 253, I am honored. They help our community in ways large and small, each and every day. They are counted on to rescue, recover and safeguard our property, homes, businesses and loved ones at tremendous risk regularly.
This message also is directed to members of the Long Lake Fire Protection District, Mitchell Fire District and South Roxana Fire District.
The career they have chosen is one of compassion, daring and giving. It is a dangerous job that requires courage beyond what is normally expected. Firefighters are part of a brotherhood that transcends age, ethnicity and gender. They work together with the knowledge that none of us is as capable or smart as all of us.
On their slower days, prepared to serve, waiting is serving. In spite of the daunting possibilities of their next call, they are some of the kindest, most caring men and women I have ever met, doing more than their fair share of community service.
They seem to be life lovers and enjoy each other, their community, and the challenges of the career they have chosen.
In every community there are important lessons that could be learned from the way our beloved firefighters conduct themselves on and off the job.
On behalf of Madison County District 16, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never met a firefighter that I did not like. You all are truly the best of us.
Madison County Board District 16