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Recent events in Manhattan have caused many Americans to rethink the necessity and the nature of the United States’ emergency response teams. The truth of the matter is that without the quick thinking and highly trained members of New York City’s elite emergency response team, it is extremely likely that the passengers aboard the commuter jet that landed in the Hudson Bay would not be as healthy and safe as they are today.
The first thing that must be said about this event is that it truly speaks to the brave and heroic nature of the individuals who serve on these teams. While firemen, policemen, and military personnel are only given media attention every once in a while (and more often than not, negative media attention at that) the realities of their jobs are such that they are forced to deal with this type of life or death pressure situation on a near daily basis. In the instance of the police officer, one often thinks that the severity and seriousness of the position is related solely to the number of times the officer is forced to fire his or her weapon.
This misconception can lead us to a telling metaphor about the nature of emergency response teams in general. While the police officer only fires his or her weapon only so many times in their career (if they are safe and lucky, they will fire it no times) they must leave the police station every morning and every night with the knowledge that they have to be completely prepared in the event that they should need to fire their weapon. This is to say that, while a police officer may not actually discharge their firearm every day, psychologically, this individual must be in the mental state to be able to fire their weapon.
This type of heroism is not easily notable in newspapers and television reports. Because these media sources are most interested in the sensational stories that will receive attention and earn a profit for their company, it is too difficult for them to profile every service man or woman who puts their own psychological well being on the line in order to serve their country. Instead, one should recognize the fact that even outside of the dramatic events such as the recent plane crash in the Hudson Bay in New York City, or an apartment fire next door, individuals on emergency response teams serve their country and are heroes every day of the year.
The second thing that should be noted about this event is that there has been relatively little attention paid to the fact that emergency response teams are still in dire need of service men and women to fill their ranks. A whole generation of Americans is coming to age in a time when they feel without duty, without obligation, and with little understanding of the responsibility that they have to their community.
While it is unfortunate that the individuals aboard the plane that went down in the Hudson Bay had to experience what is, doubtless, an extremely traumatic situation, we should use this event as an opportunity to acknowledge how necessary and essential are the emergency personnel that serve our country, and hopefully, spur a new generation to take the baton and continue moving forward in the safeguarding of our nation.
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