Now that was something you never see — or hardly ever see, unless it happens to be bad news. It was the great feature with pictures on the front page of the Sun Sunday of business on Kent Island.
The lengthy article with another picture or two on the inside was talking about manufacturing increases in the state and gave a well-deserved plug for our business park on Kent Island, but it is surely a major economic boom, not only to the county, but for the state.
Maybe the Bay Times will get a chance to do a feature on all the firms that doing business down there.
••• A LOT OF ALARMS One of the major parts of the story I did the other week about our Goodwill Fire Company dinner and installation of officers was to tell readers about the alarms that were answered during the year. Yes, you are right, I did not get it in the story.
The public needs to know how much our volunteers are working to protect and save lives and property. We had a total of 631 ambulance calls and 473 fire alarms during the year. If my math is correct, that’s over three alarms a day for both emergency vehicles — so now you know why you hear the siren blowing so much.
A long time ago when I was fire recorder for the company, we might have a couple alarms a week. In fact, I believe I made up one yearly report with just 60 alarms listed for the entire year. That was before we had an ambulance, so it does make a big difference. My old buddy, the late West Thompson and I were the first ambulance drivers we had back when we were able to obtain a surplus one from Baltimore City Fire Department. We did not do a lot of stabilizing of patients; just did our first aid we had learned as Boy Scouts, get them into the ambulance and on to the hospital as soon as possible.
••• THAT BIG WALL What is all this talk from the president about needing a huge wall on the Mexican border? I’m not all that sure such a wall is needed, but then I’m not down there along our border. It seems to me if he would hire a thousand or more border patrol officers, that might do the trick of stopping most of the illegals and drug traffickers. And it would give all those fellows year-round jobs.
••• OUR SUPER BOWL This football nut is looking forward to Sunday and the biggest football game of the year when those Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Houston in Super Bowl 51 or as they like to print it in the papers: Super Bowl L1.