To The Editor:
Last weekend, our beloved Welsh Terrier, Jaynie, Houdinied herself out of our parked car. I watched in horror as she rocketed down Main Street. Her little ears were flapping joyfully in the wind. The bubble over her head must have read something like, “Yippee, I am free and on my way to mess with those River Museum ducks.”
Fortunately, one of Essex’s finest passed by in his patrol car. With officer Belcourt’s guidance and a neighbor’s agility, Jaynie was scooped-up and returned to her grateful parents. Later on, I began thinking about our first responders and how lucky we are to have their help and protection. I will never forget the letter on your online news written by Jerry Wilson. Jerry was writing to thank officer Kenafick for responding to his call to Town Hall asking for help with a fallen tree. Officer Kenafick arrived on the scene and equal to Paul Bunyan lifted the tree off the driveway.
Of course small issues lead to the big issues. How do these men and women and all our first responders do what they do? When they get that 911 call, they never know exactly what is on the other end. First responders to fires, car crashes, natural disasters, domestic violence, robberies, medical emergencies and more are heroes. They seem to have something extra in their DNA. Maybe it’s “Grit” that allows this special breed to remain cool, dedicated and brave under unimaginable circumstances.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the first responders, not only for the warm and fuzzy thing that they do, but for their extreme bravery under extreme pressures. I write with my deepest respect for these men and women.
Alison Nichols, M.Div., Essex CT