Thursday, April 17, 2014 · 2:45 p.m.

How often do we take for granted the people who serve us every day (e.g., grocery store clerk, mailman or mailwoman, Electric Power Board or gas company technician, even our own family members)? What about the police and fire officers who work around the clock to make sure our families are safe?

If you're like me, it's easy to take for granted these individuals who faithfully serve without much appreciation. A friend who moved to Signal Mountain several years ago said, "Signal Mountain is Mayberry with cable." While we may laugh at that "tribute" to Andy Griffith, let's not forget that one of the reasons we are so fortunate to live in a safe community is due to the faithful efforts of our police and fire officers, men and women who are also husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and heroes.

About 40 years ago, my grandfather, Silas M. Robertson Jr., started the Signal Mountain Police and Fire Christmas Fund as a way to give back to our public safety officers. After his passing in 2004 and in light of my grandfather's spirit of giving and his love for our community, we named the fund the S.M. Robertson Police and Fire Christmas Fund. This has traditionally been a time for the citizens of Signal Mountain to express our thanks to the police and firemen and women by contributing to a Christmas fund, which is given to them on Christmas Eve. 

Please join me in showing our overwhelming support for these men and women. As Christmas is a time to rejoin with family and friends and a time to thank God for many blessings, please consider making a contribution as part of your year-end giving. No gift is too small or too big.

You can put your contribution in a box located at the police station or mail a check to 1111 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, TN 37377. 

As we celebrate the birth of a savior, your police and fire officers join me in wishing you and yours a safe and happy Christmas season. 

T.W. Francescon Jr. 
S.M. Robertson Police and Fire Christmas Fund

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor belong solely to the author, not or its employees.

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