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Editorial: The hardest jobs

Who has the inner courage to jump into danger; to rush into a burning building; to stop the bleeding?

This week the Gazette-Journal publishes a salute to First Responders (Section C) with information about the volunteers and professionals who work to save lives and property and to keep our communities safe.

It takes a rare breed of person to put one’s own safety upon the line while saving others. Police officers do that, firefighters do that, rescue workers do that. Even when called to dangerous situations, they respond willingly and promptly.

Turn back the clock.

Can you imagine your home town with no 24-hour patrol?

What if you could not call 911?

No hospital?

No ambulance service?

No firefighters?

Back in those “good old days” that people love to talk about, these absences were real. Every decade brings more improvement to the safety that completes our quality of life. We believe the good days are now, and much of what is good comes from the efforts of the...

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