I watch the news each day and see the destruction from natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes and fires are leaving a path of terror on our shores and the shores of other nations. While these events can be devastating, I have been touched by those who have answered the call to serve. So many have sacrificed their own time and resources to help those who have suffered great loss.
The Lehi Fire Department has also participated in the response and recovery from recent events. We recently sent our Wildland Division on a 14-day assignment to assist with fighting fires in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest region in Markleeville, California.
They responded to multiple fires in the forest and neighboring areas. We also have two firefighters assigned to Task Force 5, a state task force for urban search and rescue. These firefighters are trained in swift water recovery and were on call to assist with recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. We have some well-trained individuals working for our city. Their training and skills not only protect our city, but also provide support to those around us. I am thankful for their continued service.
Volunteer service really can strengthen a community, and not only in times of disaster. I have spent the summer attending several sporting events to watch my grandchildren play. I’ve watched baseball, football and volleyball games and witnessed firsthand the impact a good coach can have on a child. Those kids are like ants running around on the field, each one feeling like the best player on the team.
They treat each player like a star and the only thing they get in return is some runny-nosed kid sliding into home plate with a smile from ear to ear. I guess it shows that sometimes what you give is more important than what you receive. Thank you to those who make our recreation program a success.
I recently attended the groundbreaking of the new Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point, which will focus on the study of insects. It will be a large building with thousands of butterflies from all over the world and will be completed in 2018. I’m looking forward to taking my family once it opens, as I’m sure many will. Thanksgiving Point is a special place for learning and discovery. What a great vision the Ashtons had when they started this amazing project.
As we move into the fall season, please remember to be aware and be safe. I have heard reports of cars passing school buses when their stop signs are out and their red lights are flashing. This is against the law. Please pay attention when the buses are loading and unloading. Our police officers are doing a great job patrolling school zones, but they can’t be everywhere. The loss of a young child’s life isn’t worth it.
I’m so grateful to live where we do. When you look around it’s pretty easy to see why our family and friends return to live in Utah. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains, caring neighbors, and many recreation and entertainment opportunities. I hope as we continue to see new neighbors move in around us that we offer the same welcoming kindness that we have received.
Have a great fall and enjoy your harvest. Share your extra garden surplus with your neighbors. Good neighbors are blessings and they come in all varieties. We may have different backgrounds, but when you get to know them they are just normal people with the same purpose in life.