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Where would we be without our first responders

 If 2020 has taught us anything, it should be to be thankful for our first responders. As we celebrate National First Responders Day this week, we should take some time to reflect on just how much trouble we would be in without these amazing men and women. While many of us run away from danger, they run towards it, putting life and limb on the line to save lives when they are called upon.

 These knights are not in shining armor. They are in bullet proof vests; fire helmets; or gowns and masks. Their trusty steeds are not stallions but cruisers, ladder trucks, ambulances or personal vehicles in a hospital parking garage. They are the heroes who show up at our darkest hours and put themselves in harm way in hopes of saving your day.

 They never expected it to be easy, but this year has tested these individuals more than most. Our healthcare workers can attest to that. Healing and saving lives is the name of their game, but this year has placed them on the front lines of a battle unlike anything most of us have ever seen. They are in the trenches against an invisible enemy that has threatened to make themselves patients versus healers for most of this year. With one hand, they fight COVID-19 while with the other they try to take care of everyone else that already needed their healing hands. Whether it was traveling to distant states like New York to help overwhelmed members of their field earlier this year or driving home from a long shift only to render CPR to the victim of a wreck they drove past, our healthcare workers never stop even if they aren’t on the clock. This is theme that runs through the very fabric of all first responders, through and through. What would we do without the men and women of the healthcare field?

 The same can be said for our EMT’s and firefighters: what would we do without them? Whether it be a medical emergency, a house on fire or a terrible wreck, these experiences are nothing that any of us hope to ever face, but if and when we do, thank goodness for these fine men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to rescue us or rush us to a hospital.

 Though it's been a tough, challenging year for all first responders, it can easily be argued that the thin blue line has got the worst end of the 2020 deal. The pandemic is bad enough, but watching social unrest turn into an all-out assault on the brave individuals in law enforcement has been a travesty. When a spouse tells an officer to be careful as they leave for work, there are fewer professions outside the military that put an individual at a greater risk of bodily harm or death than theirs. Yet, these great heroes are not deterred. Whether it is wrecks, robberies, assaults, or drug dealers, no crime or misfortune will keep an officer from protecting and serving their community.

 Our first responders are truly gifts from heaven. When we, as humans, find ourselves in harms way, it is these heroes that come to our aid. Saving lives and protecting the innocent are traits that are ingrained in their DNA. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with such brave men and women to rescue the day.

 We asked for first responders to be nominated to be recognized for this special day.

 Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Scotty Singleton was selected to be f