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Donít take public safety officers for granted


Dear Editor,

Recently I came upon an accident where a man was severely injured. I did not witness the accident, but I did observe the goodness-or greatness-of people in Lapeer County.

Jack and Jean Seibert arrived first, called 911 and ministered to the victim, positioning him to breathe better and assuring him that he would make it.

Within minutes Trooper Dennis McGuckin ran up with a medical box from his car. Sheriff Deputies Kim Wegner and Bill Osborne arrived simultaneously within seconds of the trooper. They took over as first responders until, a few minutes later, the Lapeer County EMS arrived to swiftly administer expert medical care.

I am convinced that apart from the 'good Samaritans,' the quick response of state police and sheriff's deputies and the expertise of Lapeer EMS technicians, this man would have had no chance to live.

We take for granted our public safety officers. We may have the wrong impression that they are around just to hand out tickets. Observing this accident has convinced me otherwise. These public servants are ready to respond to anything, even at their own peril.

Serving as state representative, I have come to appreciate the everyday citizens in Lapeer County. There is a spirit of giving and compassion. Those performing these services demonstrated commitment and excellence. May we work together to secure the blessings of God here.

I am proud to represent a district from which the rest of Michigan can benefit.

John Stahl, State Rep., 82nd District
May 07, 2008

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