Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

January 24, 2013

Proud of them

“Hero” is a word that tends to be overworked, but there are times when its use is appropriate.

It’s the word we would use to describe a Keyser, W.Va. police officer who entered a smoke-filled home Wednesday night after he heard someone was still inside. Arriving before firefighters, he went in alone, found an unconscious woman and pulled her outside to safety.

Keyser Police Chief Karen Shoemaker did not identify him, saying that “This officer, and all of our officers, risk their lives every day in their service to the community and I am very proud of all of them.” In other words, he was doing his job to the best of his ability and upholding the traditions of his service.

Many of our area’s first responders, whether police officers, volunteer or paid firefighters, emergency medical technicians and 911 dispatchers, have done the same, particularly in recent days. The danger of residential fires grows when the weather turns frigid, and numerous homes have been destroyed or damaged by fires in the last week.

Few civilians could imagine the devotion and determination shown by these first responders. They frequently must leave their warm beds in the middle of the night to turn out in sub-freezing temperatures in the hopes of saving people’s lives or property from fire or some other disaster — often working to the point of exhaustion.

That is, unless, they are unfortunate enough to be among the victims of such fires.

A home may be damaged beyond repair, but if a life is preserved, it is a victory for which we have our heroes to thank.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 20, 1969 July 20, 1969

    When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stopgap

    Kicking the can down the road was one of the things American kids did to pass the time in the old days, particularly if they lived in rural areas where there was little traffic to contend with.

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryland on target to meet 2025 bay restoration goals

    July 16, 2014

  • Tough luck Tough luck

    The state has for a second time declined to help Allegany County get federal flood recovery funds in the wake of the June 12 storm.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heard it all Heard it all

    Pesky thing, this requirement that political candidates file campaign finance reports.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Build it now Build it now

    Anticipated savings from demolition work that will provide ground for a new Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain may allow the addition of an auditorium at the school.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Get on with it

    Now that Maryland State’s Attorney General Doug Gansler has been asked to help with the investigation of the McCoole Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department it is our hope that the probe regains traction.

    July 12, 2014