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January 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor Jan. 5, 2013

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All of the onsite firefighters took a deep breath, exchanged some high fives, got their adrenaline levels back down to normal, collected their tools, cleaned up the area and their equipment, then promptly reported back in-service (available) as they departed the scene and returned to their home stations to await the next call.

At about 4:51 p.m., less than an hour after the 9-1-1 call came in, the Lifeline helicopter touched down on the roof at Methodist Hospital and within minutes Sercer was in surgery.

I'm told that follow-up information on rescues isn't typically sought by fire departments, but this particular rescue event was somewhat unusual.

From what we know, Sercer's life was not only saved, but the surgeons successfully saved and reconstructed his legs and it's likely he will walk again someday, although probably with a limp. One of the Methodist doctors involved in Sercer's care reportedly stated that if not for the actions of these amazing firefighters, this young man could easily have died.

Too often the media bombards us with only the bad news - wars raging in the Middle East, the fiscal cliff in Washington, violence in our schools, abused or neglected children, and yes, reports of elected or appointed public officials abusing their positions and the public's trust for personal gain. I'm ashamed to say that I think we've almost become numb to it.

I think there's this perception out there that many of our public servants are lazy, no good, do nothing miscreants. I'm here to tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. Every now and then - too rarely, if you ask me - we hear the good side of the news and are given a glimpse of public servants at their best. (Thank you, Ms. Holmes!)

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