We only have to read the papers, watch the TVs, and look at social media to realize that our county is growing faster than we can keep up with supplies for its citizens. People are moving into Coweta County more rapidly than at any other time in the history of the county. Our public safety agencies are pushed to the limits in trying to protect us and keep up with the needs they are expected to supply.
The stress level of those involved in normal working hours is difficult, but having to work extra hours along with often trying to work two or three other jobs in order to provide for their families, is almost more than the human body and mind can take.
Those who serve us don’t have a 9-5 job where they leave and go home to their families or to activities they enjoy. So many work 12-hour shifts or 24-hour shifts, and on their off days, they work extra jobs to help provide for their families. I so admire these fine men and women as well as their wives/husbands and children.
Most people do not realize that even our 911 dispatchers cannot leave their posts for meals when they are on 12-hour duty — they eat at their desks. Our firefighters and EMTs work 48 hours at a time, and they are having to do overtime because of a shortage of qualified manpower. Our law enforcement personnel work 12 hours at a time. All of these people are under terrific stress, and of course, it goes without saying that their families suffer stress as well.
People are moving into our county because we (in my opinion) live in the best county in the state. One of the main reasons for those choosing to move into our county is because of the safety provided by our public safety agencies, as well as the good schools here. Let’s take good care of those who take care of us and provide them with salaries that will allow them to care for their families and will keep them here for us.
We have good folks serving us; we need to let them know we appreciate them and are willing to help them make a decent living while they continue to take care of the citizens here. May God bless and keep safe every one of those who serve us.