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January 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor Jan. 5, 2013

(Continued)

As exemplified by these fine firefighters from Plainfield, Brownsburg, and Danville, the vast majority of public servants are honest, hard working people who daily do their jobs extremely well and with pride, honesty, and integrity. And without fanfare - they neither need nor seek it. With personal dignity as their primary motivation, these fine people daily and quietly go about the business of serving their communities. True guardians of the public's trust.

It's almost amusing. On the football field or the basketball court, our communities regularly do battle for honor and glory and school pride.

There is no more raucous crowd than on Friday night when Plainfield dares to venture onto the sacred turf of Brownsburg's football field. We relish the competition, the battle, and of course, the victory.

But in that rescue situation on Plainfield's westside, with a young man's life almost certainly hanging in the balance, our fire departments and those individual firefighters came together and worked as a team, as partners in the truest sense of the word. That afternoon in early December, there were no uniform distinctions, no jurisdictional boundaries, no rivalries, and absolutely no egos. They cared about one thing and one thing only - rescue that trapped young man and do it successfully.

As a member of the Brownsburg Town Council, I am privileged to also serve on the Brownsburg Fire Territory's executive board and the Dispatch Center's governing board. In all three roles, I have frequent contact with the fine men and women serving with Brownsburg's fire and police departments. Through them I have learned that their relationship with the other fire and police departments throughout Hendricks County is best defined as a family. These departments, from the chiefs on down, all share their personnel, experience, expertise, equipment, vehicles, training opportunities and facilities. Given the limits imposed by a weak economy and budget constraints which make sharing virtually mandatory, these departments would share anyway because the only thing that truly matters to these folks is making their individual communities and all of Hendricks County as safe as humanly possible. And they know the best way to accomplish that is by working together. Trust me - there's a lesson there.

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