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Opinion: We should thank our public safety personnel this season and always
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The bridge across Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville is lit in blue lights Tuesday, July 9, 2019, night in honor of fallen Hall County Deputy Nicolas Dixon. - photo by Austin Steele

Thank you to our police, fire personal, EMTs and all public safety personnel. 

They risk their lives to serve, protect, honor and respect all of the citizens of Hall County and Georgia. This is especially true if a child is involved in an incident. 

Responding to an emergency situation, that public safety officer never knows if it may develop into a life or death situation. The same goes for fire department personnel and EMTs. 

The dispatchers deserve a thank you for the multi-tasking, sometimes intense job they do — giving instruction to a caller to save a 2-year-old child’s life when having a cardiac arrest until emergency help arrives. The dispatchers are a key element in responding to emergencies. That’s who you call immediately when needing emergency help. 

The administrative staffs are seldom recognized for the support they give to our public safety officers and deserve a thank you. 

The leadership of county, city and state employees sets the standards that require a team effort to serve us. We are especially blessed to have such leadership in Hall County and its cities. 

The recent passing of Deputy Dixon and the hurt for his family are devastating, especially at this time of the year. May God bless Deputy Dixon’s family. His loss has affected the citizens of Hall County and especially our public safety officers. Let his memory and sacrifice for us not be forgotten. 

His passing is an example of the ultimate sacrifice they give to protect and serve us. 

The public should give police officers the benefit of the doubt until an investigation is complete. The professional investigators have all of the facts, we don’t. Quick judgement by the public is not the way the American system of justice works. 

Walk a mile in their shoes and determine what you would do in a situation that could instantaneously evolve into one that may require a life or death response. 

We should think about their families and pray they get home after every duty, period. God bless all of them.

Wayne Stradley