Dear Editor:

I am writing to the residents of Scottsboro. I am addressing, in particular, what we call the first responders, mainly our police and firemen.

Let me say this at the outset. Even though we live in small Alabama city, they are not immune to the same dangers that lurk all over our country.

It is a simple fact that when they go to work on their shift, their families do not know if they are coming home at night.

They are protecting our families and our homes. So, what is all this about?

What it is about is simply we owe them, at minimum, some recognition. When you see them on the street or at their work place, shake their hand, buy their lunch, etc.

Don’t just stand there.

—Vern Middleton


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