Here is my last column for 2011. I don't know if it should have any more significance than my first column or any column, but the end of the year makes it a little more important. So what do I write about? Since coming to Trumbull County I've driven to its four corners and many places in between. I've seen some interesting sites and attended some fun events. I've met a lot of people and gotten to know some a little better than others.
Some of my travels have included my wife and for some I've been on my own. There are still a lot of things to see and people to meet. I believe in supporting local businesses and have been in some pretty good restaurants throughout the county. No matter where I go or how many things I do, it still comes back to me; that it is people who are important. So my last column of the year is a way for me to show some appreciation.
First, I would like to thank all of the military personnel who are serving our country. Whether you are serving at home or abroad, I appreciate what you are doing. You and your families are making a great sacrifice for our benefit whether the general public realizes it or not. Thank you for being willing to stand in the gap and defend our freedoms.
Second, I would like to thank all of the local police officers and support personnel for serving their communities. As far as I am concerned, you have one of the toughest jobs out there, and I appreciate what you are doing. I don't even want to think about some of the problems we would have in our communities if you were not on duty. I also want to give a shout-out to the Champion Police Department for their help and service.
Third, I would like to thank all of the firefighters and their support staff. You men and women have a difficult job too. You have to work on holidays, and most people probably don't think about you until they need you. I appreciate what you do to serve our communities. You risk your lives to help others and you are willing to do it. You are some courageous people.
Fourth, I would like to thank all the medical personnel who serve our communities. This list includes EMT's, doctors, nurses, office support staff and ambulance drivers. There is so much involved in taking care of sick or injured people and I appreciate what you do to help others. Your willingness to care for others in times of crises is very important.
Fifth, I would like to thank teachers and school personnel for helping people learn. I am sure there are days that you wonder why you're doing what you are doing; but I for one appreciate what you do to help children, teens and adults learn. When you wonder if you are getting through; I hope you don't give up. You never know when it will "click" with some students or how they will turn out, but it is worth the effort you put into your lessons.
Space and time don't permit me to keep on saying thank you to others for what they do in our communities. So if I have missed a group of workers or public servants, please take the time and initiative to thank them for what they do and let them know that you appreciate them. It will make a world of difference. I hope you had a great Christmas, and I hope you have a great New Year.
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.