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The heros that walk among us


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

Search and rescue crews struggle through Russian Olive trees, brush and other flora in Garley Canyon as they look for remains of little Jayden Seal during the first week of August.

Heros.

They are, quite simply, those who walk among us.

These are men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to fight fires, both domestic and wild, who fight crime and who save lives of citizens far and wide.

But the hero list doesn't stop there. They are the ones that save lives and take care of the health of our community at the hospital and at clinics in the county.

They are also the men and women who serve in uniform, both in the regular military, and in the reserves and national guard.

We depend on them daily and they never fail to respond when called.

This year the heros have acted out their roles in both major and minor stories.

The major ones?

They were the ones that responded when a trailer south of Wellington fell off a tractor and blocked Highway 6.

They came together to look for Jayden Seal, who was lost in a torrent of water when his family's vehicle was swamped in Garley Wash.

They responded just this week, when explosives fell out of a semi truck between Wellington and Price.

The minor ones?

Not all heros are two legged.

Emergencies are never minor to those experience them.

These men and women respond to countless fires around the county, both in structures and in wild lands.

They covered the myriad of car accidents that happen in the county; everything from fender benders to extreme accidents where people have lost their lives.

They are there when domestic disputes happen, peoples homes are burglarized and/or violence shows its ugly face.

They are there when a heart attack victim needs care and transport to the hospital.

And they are there when a threat appears, be it chemical or biological.

While most people never get a chance to do so, citizens should say thanks to these people, who live in this county, raise families here, are part of the economy and part of the heritage.

Often when people do say thanks to the heros, they take the modest approach when they reply.

"It's what we do."

"I'm just doing my job, like I do everyday."

"It's what I trained for."

These are common responses.

A fire fighter works on a smouldering blaze in Martin.

But "just doing my job" often encumbers risk to both life and limb. It means placing their risk ahead of the citizens they are trying to protect. In emergency situations it means interrupting their three year olds birthday party, or not going camping for a weekend that has been planned for months or giving up time they could be spending doing things with those they love.

While there are no skyscrapers, little violent crime, few major disasters and, up until this time, no terrorist acts in Carbon County, nonetheless local responders still stand there ready to take the blow for the common citizen.

Each year, the emergency personnel in Carbon County respond to hundreds of calls. Some are in regard to people who are having health problems. Others have to do with crime. Many have to do with accidents of one kind or another. Regardless of what those incidents are, heading into an unknown storm they do it with a determination and professionalism that would make any big city organization proud.

This county has something that many other counties and even cities don't possess: cooperation amongst agencies. The Helper Police Department, the Price Police Department, the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, the Wellington Police Department, the East Carbon Police Department and the Utah Highway Patrol often work together on everything from criminal cases to auto accident investigations.

The fire departments in the county back each other up and help out where needed as well. The Price Fire Department, the Helper Fire Department, the Wellington Fire Department, the East Carbon Fire Department and the Sunnyside Fire Department all interchange with each other when needed and support the efforts of the others constantly.

The rescue squads that are part of each of these fire departments also work together well. And the Carbon County ambulance personnel serve everyone in the area, along with the Sunnyside ambulance service which takes care of the east county.

One of comments that is often made about Carbon's emergency response teams is the level of training and sophistication they exemplify. The leaders of these organizations constantly work on training regimens and do everything they can to assure their responders have every piece of equipment they can get to make their job safer and the service they provide more effective.

A great many of the people who respond to emergency situations are volunteers; they get nothing except the satisfaction of serving their community and helping others. Others get minimal amounts to risk their lives.

A good example is the Carbon County Sheriff's Search and Rescue squad. They respond purely as volunteers, even though many are employed in law enforcement and other public safety areas.

Few people realize what is required of these men and women. It's not just a matter of jumping in a truck and speeding to a fire or driving to an accident to see what can be done.

All of the skills that they need to respond properly had to be learned. Training time takes up a great deal of their lives.

They learn their skills through service training, outside workshops and certification classes. In this day and age these are a must for anyone serving.

It means total dedication to those they serve.

And for that, for their dedication, to the community's safety, the people of this county should commend those who serve.


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