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This, the Boston Marathon, and the Ricin attacks are all a conspiracy to keep Dr. Kermit Gosnell off the front page...
Sirrously, it's been a hell of a week. All significant calendar events aside, three big "things" (2 of which are obviously intentional, and the third of which -- this one -- could have intent involved) seems like a lot in 1 week
We don't know anything yet in any of these events... but as in Boston, my heart goes out to those killed and injured.
I feel bad that this story is so overshadowed by the Boston story....not that the Boston bombing doesn't demand attention, it does, but so does this.
The bombers in Boston are all that is bad in the world - this is about all that is good.
I don't know how familiar anyone is with what a "volunteer fire department" consists of - it is ordinary men and women, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers with ordinary day jobs - bankers, teachers, gas station owners, grocery store clerks, etc., who train ceaselessly as firefighters on their days off, who paid to take EMT classes out of their own pocket, who commit to spend 40-50 hours a year doing continuing education so they can retain their certification. They carry pagers on thir hips 24/7, they keep jump kits and a change of clothes in their vehicles, they have stethoscopes and tourniquets draped around their rear view mirrors where other people have air fresheners. They get up in the middle of the night when everyone else is safely sound asleep, get in their personal vehicles and drive to a fire station or directly to the address of the call and fight a fire, deliver a baby, save a life. They do it for no pay, no money, little, if anything, in the way of renumeriation, no glory, no retirement fund, no health insurance, no pension, no life insurance, no workman's comp.. They do it for absolutely zero. In fact, they do it for less than zero since they use their own car and pay for their own gas to get to and from the call.
In West, Texas, on Wednesday, as they'd done so many times before, a whole group of them left their jobs, their homes, their son's little league game, their daughter's dance recital, their dinner tables, their spouses, their children, their mothers and fathers to answer one of those calls.
At least 10 of them will never return.
Not to their families, not to their friends, not to their town, not to the world.
RIP to a whole bunch of "the good guys." May your sirens be loud and your blue lights burn brightly for all eternity.