Heroic Lead­er­ship!

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

T hey rec­og­nized the prob­lem in the com­mu­nity. They de­ter­mined their needs to bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity. They worked to­gether for a vi­able so­lu­tion. They got a pos­i­tive re­sult!

On Tues­day of this week, the po­lice and fire de­part­ments of Colo­nial Heights and Peters­burg held a joint press con­fer­ence. The de­part­ments are team­ing up to fight the heroin and opi­oid epi­demic in our com­mu­ni­ties. With the help of Rich­mond-based Ka­leo Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, our lo­cal po­lice and fire crews are now bet­ter equipped to save lives.

Often po­lice are first on scene and in many cases limited in their abil­ity to ad­min­is­ter aid in cases of over­dose. Often an of­fi­cer is first on scene with EMS mere min­utes be­hind. Those pre­cious sec­onds could mean the dif­fer­ence of life and death to an over­dose vic­tim.

Now equipped with 800 units of the auto-in­jec­tor sys­tem called evzio, an of­fi­cer on scene can ad­min­is­ter aid to a cit­i­zen when fire and EMS are not im­me­di­ately avail­able. The in­jec­tor also pro­vides aid to the of­fi­cer should they come in con­tact with these drugs.

The press con­fer­ence was typ­i­cal of our emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel. Their main con­cern was the pro­tec­tion and bet­ter­ment of our cit­i­zens. Lime­light was not a com­fort­able place for the speak­ers rep­re­sent­ing each de­part­ment. Their only fo­cus was on pub­lic aware­ness and safety. We ap­plaud them for their in­tegrity and com­mit­ment.

Again, they rec­og­nized the prob­lem in the com­mu­nity. They de­ter­mined their needs to bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity. They worked to­gether for a vi­able so­lu­tion. They got a pos­i­tive re­sult! Oh and by the way they were able to do all this without per­sonal agen­das, po­lit­i­cal state­ments and grand­stand­ing.

The last line was in­serted to re­mind a few area elected dys­func­tional of­fi­cials that this is a first class ex­am­ple of how to be a self­less pub­lic ser­vant.

The men and women of our lo­cal po­lice, fire and res­cue fol­low an honor­able creed. They risk life and limb to en­sure oth­ers main­tain theirs. They will not call them­selves he­roes but we will.

Thank you all for your ser­vice!

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