It's Christmas morning and your editor just postponed a trip to snowy Western Massachusetts. Sitting here, cradling Charlotte, I want to take a moment to send Christmas greetings to our police and fire personnel.
Throughout the year we report the car crashes, fires, drug arrests, domestic violence incidents and even murders. No matter how devastating the circumstances, these events are the daily routine of those who protect our communities.
Then, as Paul Harvey used to say, there is "the rest of the story". Here on Cape Cod that story is about community involvement, kindness and compassion.
At our roots, mainstream Cape Cod is still a caring community. Nowhere is this more evident than in the unsung work of our police and fire personnel. Looking through recent stories, we have countless examples of the fine community service performed by our public safety officials. Shop With A Cop, Senior Secret Santa, Homeless for the Holidays, senior reassurance dinners, "random acts of kindness", "High Five Friday" and "Stuff A Cruiser" are just a few that come to mind. And let's not forget the extra time spent with a distressed senior citizen during an emergency at home or on the road.
Where else do you find police, fire and animal control officers posting missing pet (or found pet) notices? Where else does a police officer take the time to photograph turkeys crossing the road in a crosswalk? Where else do police search for a motorist "caught on camera" deliberately running over a flock of turkeys? Where else does law enforcement share a store-owner's video of a shoplifter or credit card fraudster and "seek the public's help"?
It is impossible to count all the different acts of kindness rendered every day by our local heroes in the police and fire services.
Cape Cod is a different place than it was thirty years ago - or even five years ago. However our police and fire departments do their very best to maintain that spirit of compassion and caring that continues to make this a very special place to live.
So we send the very warmest of seasons greetings to all who protect us here on Cape Cod!