LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
There is no “bill in the mail” for the services of these brave men and women who risk their own lives for the well-being of others. Yet, this year, the rescue squad and fire departments — all of whom are volunteer positions — experienced nearly $15,000 less in their budgets due to a decrease in coal severance funds from the state. That is $15,000 less to these agencies that risk life and limb to preserve the same for others.
A simple sacrifice of a pack of cigarettes, a cup of gourmet coffee, a six-pack of beer — or a combination of the above — would generate badly needed funding for these volunteer organizations that save the lives and property of Laurel County residents. If just 1,000 people of each community could spare $10 for their local fire department or the rescue squad, the funds would compensate for some of the financial losses they have faced in the past year. For those who have less financial struggles than some in our county, an early tax write-off donation would ensure the same outstanding services that we are currently accustomed to.
It is only fair and deserving that we the citizens make a small sacrifice for those volunteer emergency workers who make so many sacrifices on our behalf.
You never know — the next life they save could be your own.