EDITORIAL: Thank you to our local heroes

York Dispatch

Christmas Day for dispatchers at the York County 911 center began with a motor vehicle crash at 12:15 a.m.

While the children of York had visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads and the adults were listening to the steam whistle concert blasting carols through the cold air, police, firefighters and EMTs responded to the crash on Park Street in Manchester borough. They were soon joined by fire police officers who directed traffic around the site.

The day continued in the same vein. A call for shots heard in York City. Another crash, this one in Dover Township. A fire inside an oven in Hanover. A person hit by a vehicle in the city. A person shot in the city. A fire at a business in Newberry Township. A carbon monoxide detector going off in York Township. 

At York Hospital, Sarah and Trevor Potts had a baby son. Patients spending the holiday at local hospitals and nursing homes were cared for and fed. People showing up at emergency rooms were treated. 

Some local firefighters were even called away for a large fire in Harford County, Maryland.

And between calls, dispatchers, firefighters, cops, fire police, EMTs, doctors, nurses, aides, admission clerks and many others working on the holiday wished each other and the rest of York County a merry Christmas.

Many people work on Christmas. With Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day all within just nine days, there are plenty of York County workers who will be spending one holiday or another on the job, and there are many volunteer firefighters who will be heading out for calls instead of spending time with their families.

These are our everyday heroes, these people who are willing to give up their holidays to ensure that the rest of us remain safe.

On New Year's Eve, they'll be back out there. The police looking out for impaired drivers, the nurses treating patients who will start 2017 under their care, the EMTs ready to head out when someone is injured or sick.

It can be a lonely job, working on the holidays. (Yes, journalists are in the pool too.) It's easy to get caught up in the things you're missing, the family traditions that are going on without you.

So we'd like to take a moment to thank all of these people.

To the police officers who will be on duty on New Year's Eve, the firefighters who gave up part of Christmas Day, the dispatchers, doctors, nurses and nursing aides working long shifts while others are on vacation, the fire police who will be called away from New Year's Day football games and the others who make sure that the rest of us can make it to our gatherings with family and friends and home again:

York City Police investigate a shooting that sent one man to the hospital, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Police say a man was shot inside a home in the 800 block of Fireside Road. The victim had at least one gunshot wound to the thigh and was transported to the hospital. John A. Pavoncello photo

Thank you for keeping us all safe for the holidays. We hope you have an uneventful holiday season and a quieter new year.