The Sun’s

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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