I write this letter with the hopes that maybe this time the Brandon Sun will print a positive letter about Brandon Fire and Emergency Services and the Brandon Police Service.
I am disgusted and ashamed by the negativity of Brandon residents. I can't say I am surprised that such negativity had developed, since the introduction of eBrandon and Sound Off, we have created a community that encourages complaints and gossip.
I am from Brandon and for a short period I left this city to pursue my education. After completing my degree, I returned to Brandon because Brandon is a wonderful place to raise a family. I must say that Brandon has many wonderful things to offer people of all ages and backgrounds. We have become a diverse community and often unite together to show our support when a member of our community is in need.
However, when it comes to the members of our community who serve and protect, we often forget our generous and kind ways. We are quick to complain and be little the hard work of these men and women; we nag about their driving, their use of cellphones, their pay, the cost of buildings, the location of buildings — and the list goes on and on. I am very proud of the hard work of those who serve and protect our community.
If those who have set such a negative opinion of these men and women had to spend a day doing these jobs, they might think twice before sending in a Sound Off complaint or an online post that often holds no validity and is strictly a smear campaign.
Those in emergency service jobs are faced with horrible situations everyday (yes, even here in Brandon). Just take a look in the Brandon Sun. When there is an assault, who do you think goes to these calls to care for the victims and arrest the perpetrator? Do you think they only respond to these calls between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? No, they are out in the middle of the night, while the rest of us are sleeping in our warm beds.
Who do you think gets to treat the victim of a horrific car crash? Or attempt to save a burning house? No matter what the hour, our firefighters and police are out working. Even when they are on days off, they are on call and often faced with the choice of either leaving the city at risk due to staff shortages or having to explain to their children why they have to miss a concert or hockey game.
I encourage the citizens of Brandon to remember that someday they or someone they care about might be the one making a 911 call and despite Brandon's negative comments, the emergency personnel will do their job and come to your aid.
So please, send a nice comment to sound off, show some support for the men and women of Brandon who are always there to help us.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2012