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Editorial: A job with diverse demands

There have been a lot of tributes during this 9/11 anniversary week to the men and women who keep us safe both at home and halfway across the world.

Farmington's emergency workers are unlikely to ever have to deal with a disaster on the scale of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but we got a reminder in recent weeks of just how wide a range of situations crops up in a city like Farmington. So far this month, emergency workers have already had to deal with everything from a fire that destroyed a home to a snapping turtle on someone's front step.

Over the years we have seen police deal with domestic assaults and a man trapped in a grain silo. They have charmed kids at National Night Out and led searches for missing people. There have been brush fires and traffic accidents, medical emergencies and once, years ago, a situation in which a woman called because she was convinced there was a critter of some kind in her purse.

Farmington firefightes have helped deliver at least one baby.

Animals are a common theme. In Farmington in particular police have to deal with loose livestock. Stray dogs are commonplace, but then there was the day a skunk wandered into downtown Farmington and drew a crowd curious to see where it was going to go. Police were there for that, too.

There aren't many jobs that are less predictable on a day-to-day basis. There are also not many jobs that put someone more often in a position to be disliked by the people they serve. People might be happy to see police when they're returning lost property or scooping an alligator out of a window well, which Farmington police have done on at least one occasion, but few want to see those emergency lights in their rearview mirror.

There is a lot of talk this week about thanking the people who serve and protect us on a daily basis. We think that's a good lesson to keep in mind all year round.