9/11 Tribute to Our Hometown Heroes
Submitted by editor on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:11am
Event Date:September 11, 2012 (All day)
These men and woman put on the uniform every day without fanfare, without asking for it, or expecting it. They do it with great pride in knowing that today is another day to protect and serve the public. They protect the very freedoms we have the privilege to enjoy. Most put that with the military but the freedom fight is also right here on our own home soil.
The police officers and the firefighters right in our hometowns of Carson City and in Douglas County fight for our freedom every day. That is their job, and they enjoy it immensely. I had the great honor to spend a day with a few of the top Northern Nevada uniformed protectors. My day started in Minden, Nevada at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office where I met with a Douglas County Deputy. The one thing that was most constant throughout my entire day is the warm welcome I received everywhere I went. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was more than accommodating to what I wanted.
After I completed my mission at the DCSO, I headed over to the East Fork Fire Department 12 Station who protects Douglas County from all forms of blazes. I was met once again with open arms, and I talked with the firemen about how they became a firefighter, and where they were during the fateful day of September 11, 2001. It was great to hear all the stories, and I will never forget them.
Finished with Douglas County, I made the trek over to Reno and their 1 Station on 4th street. What a group of characters they were. Very obliging, and happy to help me with this project. They pulled one of their trucks out to be a part of the photo. They all lined up for the picture all the while cracking jokes and just having fun. In the process of all this, the passerby’s in cars honked at the firemen to show their gratitude towards them. It was just an awesome sight to see.
Now it was onto make my final stop. My hometown, Carson City, has great people working to protect it. It is always great to meet the people with who protect you every night. It was a great way to end the day with our own hometown heroes.
Sometimes you find yourself taking for granted what these people do for all of us day in and day out. As I got to talking with all of them, you really find out just how genuine they all are in doing this career (not just a job to them) the right way. They don’t expect anything in return from the people they help. They do this unconditionally all the while getting underpaid for the most part. It is just something that they love to do. Yes we get angry with them sometimes, but they still will be there at the drop of a hat to help us out in our time of need no matter what.
Spending a day with the true heroes is a very gratifying experience, and I encourage all of you to do the same someday. I also encourage you to thank these men and women EVERY chance you get, and not just when a specific day ‘tells’ you to do so. They put their lives on the line every day, while we go about our everyday lives. It is very easy to set them aside when we don’t need them, but I don’t forget what they do for others.