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A pat on a lot of backs

Unsung heroes are persons who never think of themselves as heroes.

They are men and women who work various jobs - never ever receiving much recognition, if any, for the jobs they perform.

They do what they do, simply because it's their job.

Sometimes those unsung heroes are public officials or business people, who do what they can to simply lend a hand to their neighbors.

As ordinary people, we don't tend to think about them and the vital roles they play in our everyday lives.

In this week's column, I'd like to praise some of the people that I think deserve public recognition for what they did this past weekend during an emergency situation involving a broken water main in Thomson.

These men were dedicated. Everyone of them were awakened from sleep and told to report to work. The city was in a crisis with water gushing down city streets and quickly emptying reserve water tanks.

The problem needed fixing. And the men to do it were at hand.

Among them included George Nichols, Scott Huff, Curt Meredith, Charles Cumber, Danny Pullen, Ron Toney, Marion Crawford, Jose Elam, Victor Franklin, Nicholas Clemons, Anthony Ballard and Sammie Parker.

The city also received the unexpected help of McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton and his brother-in-law, Chris Powell, owner of MFS Grading Company of Thomson. Another one was City Administrator Don Powers, who like the other men, were awakened to the emergency call.

And last, but certainly not least, there was Randy Griswell, who back in March, retired from his job as city water superintendent. He, too, was called out and responded - just like he has to so many other emergency situations over the last three-plus decades.

It just shows the kind of man he really is and how proud we should all feel to know that he is one of our neighbors.

Mr. Griswell and the other men previously mentioned are special.

In my opinion, each of these men fall into the category of unsung heroes.

None of them asked for or necessarily sought the attention that I'm bestowing on them. I sincerely see them as some of the best people in Thomson and McDuffie County.

They worked together as a team. They got along. And they got the job done - repairing the broken water main within nine hours after it was detected.

Several of them, including Mr. Newton, worked side by side in a deep hole to make the repair of the broken pipe. It took several hours. But nevertheless, the men stayed right with the task at hand.

Shortly before noon, their work was done and water services restored. I was relieved and so were many thousands of other people - thanks to these fine men.

Web posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007

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