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Here’s a shout out to our local emergency responders.
The Ketchikan Police Department, Ketchikan Fire Department, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers and Saxman Village Public Safety Officers. We appreciate what you do.
What prompts this thought is the simple presence of a radio scanner in the Ketchikan Daily News newsroom.
We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s an old scanner; been here for years. Got a good layer of grime on it. Hasn’t always been clicked on, but we’ve had it running steady for the past couple of years.
Day in and day out, the scanner provides a glimpse into the responders’ world in Ketchikan. Fires and burglar alarms, drunk drivers and fights, accidents and lost dogs. Over time, it provides a collage of Ketchikan that’s not what one would necessarily see on a visitors brochure. Like anywhere else, Ketchikan experiences some unattractive circumstances.
But here’s the impressive thing about what one hears through the scanner.
When the call goes out — “Officers requested to ...” there’s a response. An officer responds and takes the call. Quite often we know it’s not something they — or anybody else — really want to be responding to. But they do.
When there’s a medic or firefighter request, there’s a response. Quite frequently, we can hear a fire engine or ambulance responding from the downtown fire station within a short time after a call.
We know that Ketchikan citizens expect assistance when they call 911 or reach out to responders in another way.
We hope they appreciate that this community is committed to providing that assistance — and that we have a lot of good people here willing to answer those calls. Around the clock. Every day.