All was calm, all was bright, thanks to emergency personnel |

All was calm, all was bright, thanks to emergency personnel

‘Twas the week after Christmas and all through the county, not a creature was stirring except a small army of emergency personnel who have been hard at work, 24/7.

Most families were nestled all snug in their beds when a small snowstorm rolled in Sunday night, but those who were on the road, or working, or still out celebrating were being watched over by a whole cast of professionals from dispatchers and law enforcement officers to emergency medical technicians. Throughout the night they patrolled city streets and neighborhoods collaring those who had intentions of spoiling the festivities and rescuing those in need of assistance.

During this week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Park City is traditionally filled to capacity with active visitors. Those crowds spread out as far as Kimball Junction and spill over into the Kamas Valley and, while most come home happy, healthy and invigorated by the fresh winter air, there are plenty of mishaps and miscreants that keep emergency radios buzzing.

Thanks then are due to those who manned their posts, while the rest of us were celebrating, and to those who were willing to venture out into the long dark night to answer a variety of calls for help.

Earning a reputation as a world-class resort carries with it a responsibility to not only offer entertaining amenities but to support those activities with law enforcement and rescue capabilities. Summit County and Park City have both, and many who have used those services are grateful.

This past weekend, officers and EMTs were swamped with calls, some urgent, some frivolous. The dispatch reports included car accidents, domestic violence, shoplifters, ski area injuries, drunk drivers, 9-1-1 hang-ups and a slew of false alarms.

Each call, though, was given individual attention and handled with professionalism and compassion.

During this busy holiday season take a moment to appreciate (out loud, if possible) the dedicated service of the city police, county deputies, highway patrolmen, local firemen, EMTs, search-and-rescue volunteers and dispatchers. Our holidays would be a lot less bright without them.

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