Reader's View: First responders perform with skill, compassion
On Saturday, Oct. 12, I called the Duluth Fire Department to my home in Gary. My cat had gotten himself stuck in the subfloor of my house. We had moved in two days earlier, and apparently the cat needed to explore a bit.
Engine 10 came to my home, despite the snow, rain, and wind, and firefighters looked in and under my house for my cat. Josh from Engine 10 and his crew were so kind — while I panicked. They made me feel like this was the most important call of the day (even though it was before 8 a.m.).
Our first responders face challenges none of us can even imagine. They do their jobs with skill, training, and knowledge. You can't teach compassion or kindness. Either you have it or you don't. This incident showed that those who choose to put their lives on the line to protect us, serve us, and save us are very special.
Josh and the Engine 10 crew from Gary-New Duluth earned my gratitude. Duluth is very lucky to have them.