A Hero Is Always on Duty
In part because I spend so much time railing against public-sector unions, I wanted to be sure to mention one item from tonight’s town council meeting in Tiverton, although (not being a real journalist) my details will have to remain sketchy until a professional note-taker and reporter makes them available (since a quick Internet search turned up no report thus far of the incident):
While on a date, Tiverton firefighter Robert Thurber investigated some flashing emergency-vehicle lights and discovered that a car had driven into the water with two people inside. Without safety gear, he proceeded to join the rescue effort, making multiple dives in an attempt to open the car doors and free the passengers. Unfortunately, the diving crew, searching in dark, murky waters, proved unable to reach the two twenty-somethings in time for a trip to the hospital to save them. Tonight, Mr. Thurber received recognition for valor (although the specific honor is one of the details of which I didn’t take note).
In my admiration of the man and all of the men and women in uniform who make it a 24 x 7 vocation to protect, help, and serve others, I simply don’t believe that communities would begrudge them ample provisions, remuneration, and benefits no matter their employment structure. It’s vexing that they feel it necessary to participate in a form of organization that seems to tend toward extortion and corruption.
That said, I should stress that unionism and Robert Thurber’s heroism are entirely distinct, and the latter ought to be recognized and lauded without regard to the former.