Going above and beyond

Published 5:27 pm Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More than 150 first responders gathered for the 2017 Eastern Search and Rescue training last week. Participants came from multiple states to train in canine tracking, equine tracking, human tracking and diving and sonar exercises.

Although search and rescue training takes place every year in Beaufort County, an event on this large of a scale only happens every few years, according to Lisa Respess, with Beaufort County Emergency Management. The most notable aspect of it is the fact that these first responders volunteer to participate — they take time out of their lives to come to the training because they want to be there.

This speaks to a larger theme of how first responders in Beaufort County and surrounding areas go above and beyond the call of duty.

First responders are there at people’s worst moments. They give up time with family and friends to be at the ready at any time of day. Whether stopping to help a stranded motorist change a flat tire, being first on the scene of an accident, or helping to save a family’s burning home, they are there. Not only that, first responders are an invaluable resource to any community. They provide safety and peace of mind to the area’s residents.

Last week’s Eastern Search and Rescue was another example of how dedicated these heroes are and how serving the public is more than just a job.

The organizers behind these training exercises deserve praise, as well. They clearly recognize the value in learning how to perform search and rescue tasks. It’s hard work to put together a five-day event, but nevertheless the event was another success this year.

There is no way to give first responders the thanks they deserve. Quite simply, a community cannot function properly without them.

To first responders everywhere: thank you!