God bless those who serve us
If you missed Thursday’s dedication of the Burton J. LeBlanc Training Facility (see page one for complete details), you missed an incredible lesson on the importance of our law enforcement and emergency services community.
Over 14 years ago on Feb. 5, LeBlanc was working an average shift, like many do each day. One fateful call ended his time here on Earth.
We are all guilty of complaining at least once about law enforcement and emergency personnel. We complain if we receive a speeding ticket because “there are more serious crimes cops should worry about”; we grumble when we have to pull over for an approaching ambulance; we fuss when we see deputies in uniform sitting in a restaurant at noon, because who needs to eat during a 12-hour shift?
LeBlanc’s story should remind us that these individuals are willing to do what most of us are not. Could you go to a mother and inform her that her son was killed in a crash? Could you walk into a home then carry out a toddler who has been beaten by his or her own father? Could you approach a vehicle filled with strangers in the dark of night, wondering if one or all of the occupants have weapons at their disposal?
Let’s be honest – most of us are not made to endure those things.
We should be thankful there are men and women in our community willing to take on such a responsibility. We should realize that without them, this world would be a much darker place.
The Jennings Daily News would like to say thank you to all of our law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and others who protect and care for us each and every day. When things go wrong, you are the first people we call, and we do not show our appreciation of your efforts as much as you deserve.
God bless you all.
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