COMMENTARY: The Value of Service

Thanks may be corny but it still means a lot to police, fire, emergency personnel and our military security forces

As the New Year rolls around take a minute to say thanks to those who protect you and yours and who, at times, take great risks to do so.  That certainly includes law enforcement, fire/EMT responders, and our military – security forces of every type.

I know that “thanks for your service” has become a bit of a throwaway line, but people can tell when you are just mouthing it or if you’re sincere; this is the time of year to be sincere.

The vast majority of people even in these potentially dangerous positions will not be called upon to risk their lives for others, but they are prepared to do so if necessary, and that’s what’s important.  Yes, everyone is concerned about their pay and benefits and for some that may be a major reason they take on the job, but believe me when the chips are down the last thing that enters your mind is your pay stub.

When you are in a service organization your obligations to the public’s safety becomes part of your DNA, and even the most cynical respond to the threat be it a burning vehicle or home, a terror attack, or an enemy on the battlefield.

There is no such thing as absolute security or safety, but Joyce and I are confident that if the need arises our public safety personnel will do the best they can, even at the risk of their own lives, to protect us.  You should be confident too.

Thanks, ladies and gents, we appreciate your service.

Marty Richman

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Marty (Martin G.) spent his teen years in northern New Jersey. He served more than 22 years on active military duty, mostly in Europe, and is a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Nuclear Weapons Technical Officer. Marty then worked 25 years in various engineering and management positions in the electronics and energetic materials industries supporting the communications, computer, aerospace, defense and automotive sectors. He is a graduate, summa cum laude, from The College of Hard Knocks, among his numerous awards and accomplishments. He was a regular weekly Op/Ed columnist and feature writer for The Hollister Free Lance for seven years and a member of its editorial board for five years. Marty is a frequent commentator and contributor to BenitoLink on a wide variety of local, state, national and international subjects.   Marty was elected to represent the City of Hollister District 4 on the City Council in November, 2018. Marty and his wife, Joyce, have been residents of Hollister since 1996.