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Don’t Let This Tragedy be your View of Our City


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Dallas, New York, Columbine.  Las Vegas, Orlando, Parkland.  Now Jacksonville.

These names of cities we know that have had indelible man-made intentional tragedies. No longer do we say not in my town. Instead we say how will you be best prepared when it does happen?  Our first responders trained for this moment. As the firefighters rushed in first from where they were training across the street there was no hesitation.  With little thought to their own safety and police two minutes out they saved lives.  The police arrived in a flash and went hunting and all worked to save and protect as many lives as possible.  Why would they risk their own lives to save strangers? It’s more than the job responsibility. People here love each other. Our first responders are a tight knit group of men and women with golden hearts.  Although our Jacksonville hearts break for the victims of this latest mass shooting the world has seen what we already knew- that our first responders are worth more than gold. 

So when you think of Jacksonville don’t let the mass shooting here be your defining view of our city. Leave a memory in your heart of the love that was shown by those risking their lives to save as many of the victims as possible.

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