Granby firefighters deserve place to escape rigors of job
December 3, 2007
To the Editor:
I saw the 9Wants to Know coverage regarding Granby’s new firehouse. I would like to say …
I am VERY proud that my brother is a Granby fireman. I have watched him and the other volunteer firefighters rush to the rescue of people in auto accidents, house fires, and many other situations without hesitation.
I watched as my brother and many other volunteer fireman took on a “psycho” in an armored bulldozer. When the forest went up in flames near the YMCA, my brother was one of the many that not only fought the fire but volunteered for night watch to keep the community safe.
These are only a few instances ” these men and women put their lives on the line every time their pager goes off.
Yes, to the outsider, it may seem that this firehouse is extravagant. Truth be known, each of these volunteer men and women deserves a place to escape to in order to deal with the tragedies they face with each call.
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If the community is in such an uproar over what was spent on this building and its contents, I invite them to step inside … an automobile to rescue another human being, or God forbid, remove a body (of someone they most likely know, due to the size of the community) … into a burning building … into flames that tower above their heads.
Every person in the community has the right to enjoy that building … simply by becoming a volunteer firefighter themselves.
Each time I hear that pager go off, I know that it could be the last time I see my brother. I don’t wish that feeling on anyone … but if it weren’t for the volunteer firefighters, Granby could literally “go up in smoke”.
A VERY proud sister,