Sheriff's Column : Challenges, service of first responders

Sheriff Eric Watson
Posted 7/12/18

The world watched with bated breath last week as 12 young boys and their soccer coach found themselves trapped in a Thailand cave system with an oncoming monsoon that threatened the group with drowning.

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Sheriff's Column : Challenges, service of first responders

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The world watched with bated breath last week as 12 young boys and their soccer coach found themselves trapped in a Thailand cave system with an oncoming monsoon that threatened the group with drowning.

After more than a week, the pictures the world was waiting for were flashed across our TV screens.

Thai Navy SEALS brought the trapped youngsters and their coach to the surface – tired and hungry – but safe in the arms of their families.

All of the praise which has been given to those extraordinary rescuers is well deserved, and we remain mindful that one of them gave his life so the promise of those young lives would have the chance to be fully realized.

The situation also brings to the forefront the challenges and sacrifices which comes to all of those who have picked up the gauntlet of first responder.

It was often noted with wonder about such men and women during 9/11, who would run toward danger while all others are running away.

The situation in Thailand was dire. Lives were at stake and the clock was mercilessly ticking.

But, those who commit themselves to the safety of those in peril prepare themselves on a daily basis for any possible scenario, and are trained to keep cool heads while having to revise plans on a second-to-second basis.

Whether they be military, fire and rescue, paramedics or law enforcement, those who stand ready to answer the call when all seems lost are – or should be – some of the most valued members of our society.

In their willingness alone, we have a debt in them that can never be fully repaid.

I stand personally proud to have been associated with the men and women of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

They are part of that group who has and still remain ready to do the impossible when they are called to duty.

I can say with certainty that Bradley County is well served by these heroes.

Our prayers go with the young Thai boys and their families, as they recover from their unimaginable experience.

And, may they always remain with our first responders here at home – in thanks for their remarkable service to our community.

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