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Home Opinions/Columns Letters A positive impact
A positive impact
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 10:56

To the editor: Mr. Henry’s letter to the editor stating local volunteer firefighters should be fired for rescuing a dog implies he needs to be reminded that our community provides the priceless service of “protecting and serving.”

The history of the fire service is based on public service. Do you not recall the traditional “cat in a tree” scenario from which the fire department valiantly responds to a family’s desperate plea for help? Fire departments are not only required to be equipped and trained to deal with a multitude of rescue situations, but they must be prepared for whatever 911 brings their way.

As a community service, when residents calls 911, they expect a response regardless of the situation. There would be a system breakdown if they chose which 911 calls they would answer that day.

Are you qualified to determine what constitutes an emergency? Firefighters spend countless hours in specialized training; this particular act was performed in a safe manner with a successful outcome. What Mr. Henry is unaware of is that this animal rescue prompted a countywide response that provided an opportunity to receive specialized animal rescue equipment through a local business in the form of a donation; all of which was prompted by the owner of the rescued Golden Retriever.

Good people took time from their busy lives to help someone in need, which resulted in a positive impact for all involved. In a society overwhelmed with negative news stories, t is unfortunate that someone would take a positive story and drench it with pessimism.
Shannyn Miller
RN, FF/EMT


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To the editor: How sad to read the letter from Mr. Henry.

I would much rather see our fire fighters save an animal who, unlike local fisherman, did not invest in equipment placed on the ice with no reasonable consideration, and then expect the world to save them from the circumstances they created.

I would like our fire fighters to save the dog and the fisherman, but really the fisherman should pay for the implications of their actions and inactions. I grew up in a large city and had never seen the insanity of what happens every year in this area with grown men who make bad choices and expect us to pay for their safety. Why not make them post some kind of bond with the rescue squad before they are allowed to ice fish?

As far as the means of rescue, I believe our men and women are well trained and will conduct rescue procedures that are appropriate for all involved.
Olive Schott
Walbridge

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