by Mayor Tammy

It has been a rough summer for our public safety teams (across the valley). Two weeks in a row, I received a call that our Meridian police officers had been faced with life or death situations. One of those incidents landed our officer in the hospital. I’m so grateful that he is expected to make a full recovery. In a separate incident, one of our Meridian firefighters was rushed to the hospital but thankfully is okay as well.

We all get up and get ready for work, but our officers and firefighters, do so knowing their job could put them in harm’s way or in a situation that will live with them forever.  The men and women of our police and fire departments have servants’ hearts that have been called to protect and we are thankful for that – it’s what makes us one of the safest communities in Idaho.

Both departments have great response times to incidents but they place an importance on being proactive as well.  The teams are all about connecting with the community. They host classes on CPR, AED use, internet safety, firearms safety and more. They are in our schools, educating youth in the area. They set up programs to keep our community safe, such as Neighborhood Watch, Smoke Detector Checks and Prescription Drug Drop-Off.

As we head into August, I hope they can focus on some more positive things. The #LipSyncChallenge was a good way to kick off the positive momentum (in case you missed it, Meridian Police were featured on national news and their video went viral). Some other great things to look forward to - on Friday, August 3, our Meridian Firefighters will be hosting the popular Salmon BBQ at Kleiner Park and next to the BBQ, they will have FREE activities for all ages in celebration of the department’s 110 years. Police and fire officials will also be out connecting with the community during National Night Out on the evening of Tuesday, August 7. I hope you will join them at your neighborhood celebration!

When you are out and about and you see an officer on patrol, a fire engine on its way back to the station, or you have a moment to go out of your way to one of the stations, give our public safety men and women a thumbs-up, offer a word of encouragement, or your own special thanks. Let’s show our appreciation, in particular, after these tough couple of months. I’m so grateful for all that our officers and firefighters do and for who they are. They truly have a heart for our community and it shows.

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