With that respectfully said, here we go...!
I'll repeat what I wrote some time ago as the economy was going to hell in a hand basket and budgets were being guillotined: cut police, firefighters, and teachers only as a last resort. They are the kingpins of our ultimate safety and well-being for the future.
Like police, firefighters have to go from zero to ninety at the ring of a bell, as time is almost always of the essence. Life's very balance could be hanging by each ticking of the clock, and they put their training, experience...and their own lives...on the line.
As on many a late night, one such call came in...
DATELINE: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
It was just yesterday, Thursday, that an elderly woman placed a frantic phone call to the police and fire departments: her television was on fire.
Say no more. Specialists quickly arrived on the scene to put the fire out and prevent any loss of life.
Luckily, there were no injuries or loss of life.
Actually, there was no fire.
Nor any smoke.
And the TV was in perfectly fine operating condition.
Seems as though the tenant had channel-surfed across a German station that for several hours late at night broadcasts the image of a wood-burning fireplace for a little ambiance...
(cue the cricket chirps)
The fire was promptly put out with a single click of the remote.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled holiday in progress...
Please have an enjoyable and SAFE 4th of July holiday weekend, y'all!