Thanks to all who keep the public safe

The harsh winter weather this week has been difficult for all of us who had to get out and about. With windchills dipping to the negative teens, it’s down right dangerous to be exposed to those conditions for any length of time.

No one knows that better than the folks who make their living working outdoors -?the construction workers, postal employees, and newspaper carriers as well as law enforcement, EMTs and firefighters.

All of these workers are to be commended for their dedication to their tasks, often in some of the Midwest’s harshest conditions.

This week, our Webster City Fire Department braved the frigid temperatures to provide mutual aid to their Fort Dodge counterparts. They helped battle the massive warehouse fire that occurred in Fort Dodge Monday afternoon. The department provided manpower and equipment to help contain the fire which was fueled by tires and insulation. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries that resulted from that blaze.

The volunteer fire department in Boxholm also had treacherous conditions as they fought a house fire that would ultimately claim the lives of a mother and three children. The severe cold and windchill made battling the deadly fire even more difficult.

Law enforcement routinely offer aid to stranded motorists and those involved in accidents, making sure that travelers are safe.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who work to keep us all safe in even the harshest of conditions.