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TIMES View: Coming face to face with life and death

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Condolences do go out to the family and friends of 37-year-old Christian Johan Serdar. Their world has been rocked by Tuesday night’s fatal house fire in Pitt Meadows. Our thoughts are with you during this tragic time.

In a situation like this, there can be one aspect that is often overlooked or forgotten – the impact such loss has on the emergency responders called to the scene.

Members of the Pitt Meadows fire department deserve accolades for the efforts made, immediately charging into that smoke-filled house and saving two other occupants.

We shouldn’t need an excuse to say thanks. But since this fire call came in on National Peacekeepers Day, let’s take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our peacekeepers (military, police, and maybe it’s a little tenuous, but all our other emergency responders) for all they do to keep us safe – both abroad, and here at home.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, “these individuals stand for the very best of what it means to be Canadian.”

Here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, we have an incredible team of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and search and rescue members who put themselves in danger every day to help others.

There’s the adage about bravery – or is actually insanity – that says these heroic souls run into a burning building or a dangerous situation when everyone else is running away.

It takes a special person to do that, and your efforts must be acknowledged. For all that emergency responders do, thank you!

TIMES’ Facebook follower Ginny Connolly said it well, “Thank you to all those who daily put their lives on the line selflessly for all of us. You all deserve a special place in heaven!”

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