Hats off to our first responders

May. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

Thumbs up to all of our first responders, police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, school resource officers and EMS personnel.

I would like to counter the remarks of a few locals that lambasted the law enforcement officers in the newspaper last week. I have the highest regard for the officers of the Sanford and Broadway police forces and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Every time I have needed them, they have done what was expected of them and sometimes more.

Those of us who were affected by the tornadoes know that every one of them went beyond what was expected of them by helping in every way they could.

They put their lives on the line every time they put their uniform on for us. Each time they go to a home or business for a simple complaint, they may be confronted by someone with a grudge or a criminal bent on causing harm. Sometimes that person or persons may have access to a weapon more powerful than the officer’s. Ninety-nine percent of these first responders are dedicated servants with dangerous jobs, and they deserve to be appreciated.

There seems to be a few citizens that do not think highly of the officers until they need them. I would like them to think of the times that officers have prevented a crime just by their presence. If we want a safer Lee County, we citizens must do our part by better educating our children and keeping our eyes open for possible trouble — also by not breaking the law ourselves.

Most citizens have a positive interaction with first responders, and we need to let them know that we appreciate them. Let’s show our appreciation to those who serve and protect us by giving them a “thumbs up” or “thank you” when we see them around Lee County.

Mark Coggins

Sanford