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Honoring our local heroes

Estherville News Editorial

September 6, 2015
Estherville News

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that planes had crashed into buildings in New York City, into the Pentagon, and into a field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001? Americans watched, wide-eyed as firefighters, police officers and emergency workers stormed into the still-falling debris trying to save whomever they could save and to keep neighbors in the surrounding areas safe. In those moments, all law enforcement and emergency personnel looked like heroes, because they were and are.

In the past year, other kinds of tragic incidents have happened. Civilians have been killed at the hands of police officers and only those who were there can know exactly what happened and why. But these incidents have provoked protests against the actions of law enforcement officers and a new wave of public anger, pinning the actions of a few on all the officers who promise to protect and serve. In just the past 15 years, the image of officers as heroes has faded.

Here in Emmet County, we've reported on several times our local law enforcement officers have stepped up to difficult, tragic situations and looked like heroes. But if you asked them, they'd probably say, "Just doing my job."

This is why at this time of remembering 9/11 and participating in the national days of service, we find it appropriate that the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Club would honor our local police, fire, emergency, sheriff's office and highway patrol personnel with a dinner.

The dinner is Tuesday night, the 15th with social beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner served from 5:30-7:30 at the Estherville Golf Course. Tickets are $16 each. Whether or not you can attend, it is possible to buy tickets from the Chamber to sponsor a free meal for one of Emmet County's finest.



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