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Staff Editorial: Cooperation was the key to fire success


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

While the fire known as the Mathis fire still burns in the cliffs of Carbon county, the control and eventual demise of that blaze is due to the cooperation of many agencies within the county and federal officials that were involved in fighting it.

We often get so used to government agenices fighting with each other that we come to think of it as the norm. The news is full of stories about town against town, area against area, federal agency vs. local agencies, etc. So it is always refreshing to see people come together for the common good of those that live in an area.

Each year there always seems to be a couple of stories I cover that show that people can and will get along when the need arises. Last year we had the devastating loss of two children in an accident when their parents truck was swept away in a flash flood. People in the county came together to help in any way they could. And I think every agency in the county helped on that one.

Then there was the Dino-Mine Adventure Park. It was a community commitment that worked out well, with a large majority of people in the area giving either time or money or both to it. We did it for the kids, but more than that, we did it to prove a community that does have its differences can still be one cohesive unit when we want it to be.

This fire brought in people from the federal government as well as agencies from all over the country. And while the idea that people from Idaho, Nevada and even Missouri were here battling that blaze, let's not forget that at the beginning, during and at the end of that event the local people that always stand up for the rest of us in an emergency were there too.

I have often told people who don't reside here how great a place it is to live, but many of them don't understand, especially those from big cities.

They just don't comprehend the under pinnings of a rural area and how we are all so connected, all so in the same boat as one another, regardless of how much money we make or what we do for a living..

All I have to say to the people who pulled us through a firey mess last week is congratulations on a job well done, in the spirit of cooperation.



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