A special ‘thank you’ to those who keep us safe

Not just anyone is cut out to work in public safety. It’s a thankless profession chosen by those with a desire to serve.

Let’s face it. No one becomes a police officer or firefighter for the great pay or schedule. Many of our local officers work second jobs in order to provide for their families.

Any given day on the job will bring its own set of challenges. It’s not just about pouring water on fires and writing speeding tickets. And it doesn’t end when the sun goes down or the weekend arrives.

As a local county sheriff told me recently, at the end of the day, his deputies have a family waiting at home, too. Keeping communities safe can mean risking their own lives for officers and firefighters.

This week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks should serve as a reminder of how fortunate we are in metro Atlanta to have so many top-notch officers and firefighters a quick phone call away when they’re needed. Hopefully, you won’t have to call 911 very often in your lifetime. But if the time comes for me to call 911, I want the person on the other end to get me help, and fast.

In my work, I interact daily with the public information officers who serve as the voice for their police departments, fire departments and sheriffs’ offices. These are the men and women whose names you’ll read in stories on ajc.com or whose faces you’ll see on the television news. This group, too, is filled with class acts. Firefighters or officers first; spokespersons second. I’m sure they get tired of all of my questions, but they answer them anyway so I can keep readers updated.

If you have the opportunity, take a minute to thank a member of public safety in your community. And if you’re an officer, deputy, firefighter, paramedic, operator or dispatcher, thank you for being there.

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September 10th, 2012
7:16 pm

Girlllllllll you knows we all have a little somethin’-somethin’ to thank a person in public saferty for! God Bless you everyones of you.

Retired from the best job in the world

September 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

I retired from the fire service in 2010 after 33 years on “the job.” I am truly grateful to the citizens of Atlanta for allowing me to be there for them when they needed me and my colleagues most. I am not wealthy by any means but I am “rich beyond compare” with the memories of being able to help those less fortunate than I. If you are an Atlanta tax payer, I and my family thank you for helping to provide food on our table, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs in exchange for my willingness risk my life for you and your family every third day from 1977 to 2010. May God bless you and keep you safe always.


September 11th, 2012
8:57 am

Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day. Thank you for being there between “us” and “them”. May God bless you in his infinite ways and please know that you are appreciated today and every day.


September 11th, 2012
9:07 am

The City of Atlanta taxpayers should be grateful. Especially since there hasn’t been a property tax height (for the City) in over 25 years. Their taxes should be raised so all the employees (civilians) can get a raise. It’s been over 15 years without a raise! We need to go on strike like those teachers in Chicago!


September 11th, 2012
5:42 pm

I am not so sure I want to give so You guys so much gratitude of thanks. When I think of all of the Brutal stories of abuse and beatings of many innocent and not so innocent citizens who have suffered at the hands of your outrageous Brutality over the past 11 years. The Numbers have been astounding and astonishing in their USE and FREQUENCY.

It is My hope and Prayer, you do more Policing of yourselves as you do the many citizens you have sworn to protect.

I sometimes I find myself wondering, if I should fear YOU, more than the TERRORIST. That is the honest to GOD’s TRUTH!


September 12th, 2012
7:49 pm

Bernie: I’m sorry your so persuaded by news stories. Remember that a public servant rarely gets in the press for doing the right thing. Sometimes the stories overwhelm us to the point that they distort reality. Not a slam against the news but we need to take it all into perspective.

If I’m ever in trouble, I look to the men and women in uniform for help. They have never let me down.


September 12th, 2012
11:08 pm

Wondering @ 7:49 pm – This not a situation of being swayed by News stories. This is a problem all across this Great Nation of OURS. This is about POLICEMAN who have failed to uphold their OATH. To SERVE & PROTECT.

I Fear The Officers in Blue, more than I Fear any attack from an unknown assailant from a Far away Land. The only Terrorists I see, are the ones that carry BADGES!

What the What?

September 20th, 2012
7:42 pm

Special thanks to those who protect us and live up to their oaths. Bernie I agree with your opinion. I am truly afraid of most cops. Some of them are just power happy. To those out there who are genuinely HONEST and CARING my hats off to you. May God always protect you while you’re serving.

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