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To the editor:
In many ways the events of Sept. 11, 2001, turned
our world upside down. However, in at least one way, the tragic
events of that day turned our view of the world right side up.
Before 9-11 many Americans translated the word "hero" to include
only people who were professional athletes, movie/television
stars, politicians, and rap music stars. An upside-down view of the
world for sure. As 9-11 occurred, we saw, right before our stunned
eyes, who the real "heroes" were in our country. They were
firefighters, paramedics, police officers, chaplains, military
personnel and other ordinary people who ran into, instead of away
from, buildings impaled with hijacked airplanes. America learned
that day that real heroes don't have the seemingly unlimited funds,
fancy vehicles and over-the-top "bling" that the people formerly
known as heroes had. All the real heroes have are limited taxpayer
funds, inadequate equipment and some of the most proud and brave
people you could ever know. These heroes do their best with what the
taxpayers provide (and don't provide) and risk their lives in the
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And while I know in my mind that no Lincoln, Ill., rural
firefighter ran into a burning building in New York on that day, I
know in my heart that the fine people who make up our Lincoln Rural
Fire Department WOULD HAVE had they been on duty in New York that
day. I also know that these Lincoln Rural firefighters DO run into
burning homes and buildings in Logan County. They do respond when a
tragic vehicle accident occurs. They do respond on other numerous
occasions to protect and save the lives and property of the
residents of this county. These local heroes DO respond to our
It is now time for the people of Logan County to respond to these
local heroes. Fortunately for us, we get to respond in a
non-life-threatening way. We get to respond by voting "yes" on Nov.
7. We can respond to help them continue to do a great job of helping
us. Let's help build this much-needed new firehouse for our local
heroes. The (fire) house you build may save your own.
Rick L. Hobler
Rural Lincoln, Ill.
(Posted Nov. 1, 2006)
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