KC firefighters cheer me on. Awkward
The Kansas City Star
Some of Kansas City’s firefighters were at the 5k Glow Run Saturday night in the River Market area.
I know because I heard them cheering me on before and during the race. At least a few yelled, “Go, Yael,” and then, in the race, “Pick it up, Yael, faster,” during the race.
Afterward, when I came around the final curve in a good finish to the race and once again heard them, I went over to shake the hand of one firefighter and to thank a few others standing nearby. We had a short but civil chat.
These are the guys, after all, whom I am often criticizing in mass for wanting too much pay, too much in pensions and just too much from KC taxpayers.
Of course, events like Saturday night remind me - and I hope the firefighters, too - that we’re all Kansas Citians. All doing our jobs.
I know that, personally, there are a lot of great young men (these all were younger men) on the Fire Department. I know that I have spent plenty of time engaged in legitimate critique of how much their service helps KC - and how much it costs us.
I know we don’t need as many firefighters as we now have.
But I also know that, individually, the firefighters often are good people, too.