Thank you for serving our community

Dear Editor,
The News-Argus Blotter section can elicit a range of strong emotions. Some entries invoke indignant outrage, while others bring belly laughter and a smile. Blotters often display the good character, restraint and creativity of the men and women serving our community.
Officers, firefighters and dispatchers respond to cries for help at all hours and weather conditions. Dispatchers try to calm and glean much information from callers who may be having the worst moments of their lives. In some instances dispatchers de-escalate a tense situation before officers arrive.
When officers arrive at a location, they must quickly assess what is going on in the midst or wake of chaos. Officers have to determine, (I’m indirectly quoting Loretta Lynn’s song “One’s On the Way”), who needs a spanking and who needs a hug. Sometimes our officers show up to a scene where fellow citizens are still just failing at elementary life lessons, and need gentle guidance regarding unacceptable behavior in polite society.
The creativity and restraint our officers show is impressive. Their solutions to de-escalate someone’s crisis or inebriated mischief regularly involve outside-the-box thinking. In minor instances, this creativity and restraint can result in avoiding violence and life-altering arrests, keeping our criminal justice system free to deal with serious threats in Central Montana.
We are blessed to have officers who are truly members of our community. We will need our officers until the end of crime. As taxpayers, we have hired these brave officers to keep order in our community. Proper local community policing requires officers to carry a compassionate attitude towards their fellow Americans and for Americans to reciprocate with a respectful demeanor towards our officers.
While our nation acknowledges Sept. 11 as Patriot Day, and throughout the year, find opportunities to thank the men and women serving our community as officers, firefighters, dispatchers and other roles. They are so important, God acknowledges them in the Bible. Romans 13:1 and 4 state: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God... But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
Thank you, to all the men and women serving our community.
Jonathan Moor
Lewistown

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