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Editorial: Hastings rescuers should be celebrated by the community

If your life in Hastings is never touched by tragedy, you’ll probably never need the Hastings Fire and Rescue Department.

They’re called out when something terrible is happening. They’re looked to for help. And we were reminded this week of how good they are at their job.

It’s no stretch to say that rescuers on Wednesday of last week put their lives on the line to save a man who was just feet away from going over the falls of the Vermillion River. Two rescuers, Lt. Josh Johnson and fire chief Mike Schutt, were at the water’s edge, holding on to a man who clearly had mixed feelings about being rescued. During a few points it looked like the man wanted to be rescued. At other times, he resisted the rescue efforts and was combative with personnel. One small misstep could have resulted in a terrible tragedy for more than one person.

Imagine that: You are tasked with putting your life on the line to rescue a guy who didn’t want your help.

While we watched the drama unfold, we did so with a tremendous amount of gratitude for the rescuers. Their quick actions saved a man’s life last week, which is something that needs to be celebrated. We’d like to encourage the city council to band together to recognize and honor the men and women who so bravely did their work last week.

Hastings’ rescuers can be called to risk their lives any day of the week, and at any time of day. Most of the time, their efforts pass largely unnoticed. They aren’t used to the limelight, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from shining it on them.

Thank you, all of you, for the work you did last week, the work you are doing this week and the work you do every day of the year.