Now Grumpy Bulldog will get on his soapbox for a moment. A former paramedic once told me that the people most ungrateful for first responders like paramedics, fire departments, and cops aren't the big rich people but the ordinary middle-class types. A lot of these people probably smoke from the Tea Party bag of rugged individualism...until a crisis strikes. Then they're all "Where's the fucking cops? Where's the fire department? Someone help me!!!"
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So really, let's stop talking out of both sides of our mouths on this stuff. Let's not say, "You guys are heroes!" and then go to the polls and cut their funding. Not all heroes are rich guys like Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. Most of them don't make much, especially for the stress they're under.
Keep them well-funded and when the next disaster strikes you can feel confident that someone will be there to give you a helping hand when you need it. Honor your everyday heroes by keeping them on the job.
If you want to see another Everyday Hero, read this post on Briane Pagel's Thinking the Lions about a heroic candy company!
Tomorrow I review Young Hearts (Children of Eternity #3) by Claire Lachance...