Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Thanksgiving Holiday is the traditional start of the holiday season. As we all pause to reflect upon the many things we have to celebrate and give thanks for, I want to personally wish each member of the MCFRS and their families a safe Thanksgiving Holiday. We need look no further than the national news to realize that we are fortunate to live and work in a community that values our efforts and our commitment to safe and secure neighborhoods.
On behalf of our entire senior staff, I am authorizing a holiday work routine tomorrow in order that all essential on-duty personnel have an opportunity to enjoy a traditional holiday meal with their work family while maintaining the level of readiness I expect.
History holds that the first Thanksgiving observance followed the Pilgrim’s first harvest in 1621. Over two-hundred-forty years later, in the throes of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as a federal and public holiday. The important part of this custom has always been reflected in the fact that diverse groups of people with different beliefs and traditions have come together in a charitable way to serve others.
The Thanksgiving tradition is a natural extension of our day-to-day mission; serving our communities in a charitable way. On this holiday, the American people choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in a variety of methods. Whether a parade, a football game, local and non-local travel or, a simple family meal; remember that each of you can contribute in a positive way by simply doing what you always do best; provide a kind word and a helping hand to assist others in need.
I am keenly aware that throughout my career, this season also marks a time when the frequency and severity of incidents are typically elevated. An unintended consequence of this busy season is the additional emotional toll on our personnel who are tasked with responding to others. Please be attentive to each other as we work through this peak demand season.
Thank you for your great service and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Steven E. Lohr
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service