Snow angels

February 14, 2014

It happens virtually every time but it’s not something we should ever take for granted.

What are we talking about? Demonstrations of the kindness and resiliency of the human spirit.

A dedication to excellence and the satisfaction of neither a raise, nor thanks nor a bonus but only the exhausted feeling of a job well done.

The winter storm Pax shouldn’t have been able to sneak up on anyone, but through whatever personal circumstances people always can be found in need of help.

That’s when snow angels appear. Sometimes they’re in uniform and sometimes not. Sometimes they come with a fancy title and sometimes that title simply begins with “his friend … ” or “her neighbor …”

Without a doubt, the consequences of this storm could have been much worse. Significant snow and ice accumulation is rare in this region, as any local knows. With the help of emergency response and other public safety officials — on the clock or not — essential personnel were transported where they were needed and aid was rendered in as quick a fashion as conditions could humanly allow.

Officially, of course, there are plenty of people who are paid to help in such times but that should not diminish our level of respect and admiration of their work and effort in less than ideal circumstances. Some of these people include those employed with: Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol, Department of Social Services, Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, public works and street-clearing crews throughout Richmond County, N.C. Department of Transportation, linemen crews with Duke Energy Progress and Pee Dee Electric, FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross, first-responders, members of 1132nd Military Police Company of the N.C. National Guard and more.

This list surely is just the tip of the iceberg. Who was your snow angel? You are cordially invited to write The Daily Journal by email — — or regular mail at The Daily Journal, 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, NC 28379. Let us know what your snow angel did for you.

Be sure to include your name, town of residence and (though not for publication) a phone number for verification purposes. Let’s give credit where credit is due.