Remember to honor all our local heroes

My column for this week started out as me going to how I had a bad day last week and how I tried to find the good in it.
But then I spent the day at the Pontotoc Lake on the 4th of July.  It was wonderful.  The park was packed with families and friends celebrating their freedom together.
Also at the park that day were several volunteer and full time firemen either relaxing with their families or working at the Pink Heals booth raising money for our local branch they recently started.
Five minutes before the fireworks began, the sound of pagers and alerts sounded off about a house fire.  These men looked around at each other, probably realizing that everyone who could go to the fire was in the park that day, then they got up and took off to respond to the distress call.
This act of bravery and selflessness really touched me.
I am very good friends with a lot of the firemen so I know about the calls they receive at all hours of the day and night.  But this was the first time I’ve witnessed it firsthand while in the middle of a holiday celebration.
These brave men serve us daily and most of the time, we don’t even know it because we are safe in our homes asleep or with our loved ones while they are protecting us.  The same goes for the police officers and the deputies who didn’t have the luxury of being off work on the 4th because they were directing traffic and making sure everyone celebrating was doing so responsibly.
The 4th of July holiday is a day of celebrating the freedom we share and honoring those who fight for it daily.  Mostly we see these heroes as those who serve in branches of the armed forces like the Army, Navy, etc.  While they still are truly heroes, I know now that we also have our local public servants to thank.
The fireworks were the highlight of the night and I know the last thing I would have wanted to do is get up from my comfortable chair and miss the show, but these men did it that night and do it a lot of other nights never asking for credit.
Their families deserve some credit too as they weren’t complaining when the men got the call and had to go.  They were swapping keys and grabbing kids to make sure the guys could respond even quicker.
Please keep these special people in your prayers each day as we continue to pray for our nation and please make sure if you know someone on the fire department or who works for the police or sheriff’s department that you tell them how much you appreciate the job they do for us every day of the year.

  • James Kitchens

    Thanks Michelle and it is a great honor for all of us to serve such a community I assure you. I’m just over my 25th year of service in various positions all over the state and abroad and for the most part look back upon it favorable but I credit Pontotoc City and County citizens for most of those fond memories. We are blessed to live and work in an area where in most cases we are greeted and treated well when out and about in uniform or off duty which many cannot say. As for the Firemen throughout the city and county, simply amazing at the service they provide and the dedication is second to none for sure. I’ve had the privilege of working along side them in many situations and feel honored to have done so.

    Thanks for the voice of confidence and all the kind words.