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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 5:32 pm

To The Editor:

After reading of the daring rescue by the Warren County firemen of two horses that had fallen through ice into a lake, I realized that this was a perfect time of the year to say thanks to those men and women who put their lives on the line every day to serve our community.

The fact that they had trained for such an event (just two days before), had in the past year purchased the necessary cold water survival suits for the firemen, and had equipment at the ready to cut the ice and safely remove the horses, all give testimony to the foresight and contingency planning that our first responders provide every day.

Much can be said. We all have our thoughts on the bravery of these men and women.

Also in today’s news was a story about a policeman who donned a pizza delivery uniform to apprehend a hiding criminal. From the warmth of our living rooms we thank you all — firemen, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and there are plenty more behind the scenes in the hospitals and dispatching rooms. God bless you all!

And let’s remember our veterans. If you’re reading this, thank a teacher. If you’re reading this in English, thank a veteran...before it’s too late.

While I still have the floor, I’d like to share one story from our 30-plus Honor Flight trips to D.C. A well-dressed man in a very expensive suit, said to a FCHF volunteer at the Baltimore airport, “What the hell is this?” (Yes, we were delaying the loading of the passengers with our 36 World War II veterans and 18 wheelchairs, but I doubt it changed the arrival time back in St. Louis.)

The volunteer responded, “What the hell is this? You’re looking at the reason you don’t speak German or Japanese.” It didn’t change his demeanor...but it should have.

Merry Christmas to all.

/opinion