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Way to go guys

August 10, 2009 - Bill Speer
Sunday's storms rolled through the region and with it, took out the electricity to our house. After checking with neighbors and determining others were without electricity as well, my wife and I headed to the office to ensure our computer system was up and functioning.

On the way, she asked whether we needed to inform the electric company that we had no power. I told her "no," they would know. In one of those "marriage moments" I knew that wasn't the right answer, so told her when we got to the office, we could call from there.

As so often happens in these cases, the minute I walked in the door I got sidetracked by an employee, so Diane called instead. Sure enough, no one had informed the power company of the outage and had we not called, who knows how long we would have been without electricity.

How often do we go through life thinking someone else will do it?

Later that evening we were called back to the office after learning the building next to the newspaper was on fire. Upon arrival, I learned our newsroom staff who was working Sunday evening had smelled smoke, discovered the fire, and alerted the fire department to it.

I hate to envision the damage that could have occurred had they not been there, or worse, just dismissed the odor.

The newsroom workers didn't think "someone else would do it." They acted upon their instincts and as a result, major damage and possible disaster was averted.

Way to go guys.


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