On Monday night, the New England Patriots slapped around the New York Jets on the grid iron. It was a great game mainly because the Patriots won the game. Some would call Tom Brady or for that matter other sports figures, a hero because of his ability to put the ball where he wants it most of the time. Well that is his job! That is not what being a hero is all about.
Last February, Southbridge Fire Lt. Jason Cantara was on vacation in Florida with his family. Whilst traveling down the road they came upon a horrific car accident. A U-Haul truck had lost control, struck a tree and caught fire with three people trapped inside the truck.
Lt. Cantara will be honored in a ceremony this month with other brave firefighters as one of the Firefighters of the year in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. An award most deserving I would say.
People like Lt. Cantara and the other selfless public safety servants out there are the ones we should look up too as our heroes not some sports figure. The ability to hit a home run or the ability to throw a football is a skill and a gift but it does not come close to the risks our public safety professional make every day. Paying someone millions of dollars to throw a ball, I think, is an absolute disgrace whilst we pay our police, fire, ems and School Teachers for that matter, such low wages. Things seems to be upside down in our world.
Thank you to Lt. Cantara for doing what you did and thank you to all of our public safety folks who daily put their lives on the line. God Bless all of you and your families.