Stopping in at the local firehouse and offering a quick word of appreciation wouldn’t be the worst idea we hear today, not after this half-week of reminders that there are people who go to work every day by running into the most horrific places that people are running away from.
It’s a fact we admit we forget until the club of orphans grows, as it did yesterday in Boston when two firemen died before our eyes — it was broadcast live — while saving dozens of lives.
“Citizens were saved, and that’s what we do. We sacrifice our lives for the citizens of the city of Boston,” said Richard Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718 union, his voice quavering. “That’s what Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Eddie Walsh did today and I’m very proud.”
For most of us, our worst days at work don’t involve recovering the bodies of babies who were buried in a mudslide, as happened in Washington state.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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