I am a Vietnam veteran, and when I can be so identified, people sometimes tell me, “Thank you for your service.” Well and good. But that was a long time ago, in a universe far away. We currently have Basin residents whom we should definitely thank for their current service.

Once in February and again in May it was necessary to call an ambulance to take either my wife or me to the hospital. The paramedics — the heroes — who responded did not merely transport us. By knowing what to do with what instruments they literally saved our lives. Their training and dedication told them which medical facility to transport us to, and their skill on the radio had the receiving facility ready to treat us upon our arrivals. And when we attempted to thank them, they made light of their life-saving.

From time to time, we see ambulance service and paramedics in static displays, parades or fundraisers. I urge you to take the opportunity to thank them for their service. Take your young children to their sites and show them what true heroes look like. And in addition to thanking them, thank God for their presence in our Morongo Basin.

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