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Letter: Emergency responders stick together in crisis

Emergency responders stick together in crisis

Whether Buffalo police or firefighters, State Police or any other suburban emergency responder, when anyone from any agency is in a life-and-death situation, it’s all for one and one for all. This has been the case at the foot of Ferry Street since a Buffalo police officer with the underwater recovery team went missing during a training exercise on Friday. Even across the border on the Canadian side, officials sent out rescue boats with divers and helicopters in the air.

During everyday business, there is a healthy competition between emergency responders. But when it comes down to the safety and well being of any first responder in the streets, under any circumstance, it’s an all-for-one mentality.

This was never more evident than in Las Vegas when 58 concertgoers were shot and killed. As thousands ran from the grounds, hundreds of firefighters and police from numerous organizations converged on the shooter. Within 12 minutes the shooter was neutralized.

In Buffalo, emergency agencies from all over Western New York and Canada remain on the scene for as long as it takes. As I stated, all for one and one for all.

Phil Ryan

Retired, Buffalo Fire Department

West Seneca

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