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Local firefighter deserves thanks

Ever since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have shown a renewed appreciation for this nation’s firefighters and the dangerous work they do.
That certainly holds true here in Ennis, where our firefighters are considered local heroes, though their efforts often go unheralded. Each day they answer the call to protect local lives and property, often at risk to themselves.
In yesterday’s edition of the Ennis Daily News we highlighted the service of one hero in particular who serves as an example of loyalty and dedication. Jodie Harbert Jr. has served with the Ennis Fire Department since 1946 and we think he deserves all of the accolades we could possibly give him.
Sixty-two years is a long time for one person to devote to such an important and often dangerous endeavor. Yet Harbert has been there through thick and thin as our community has undergone many changes and challenges. His steadfast service is an example that others should be proud to follow.
In addition to his current role as Volunteer Lieutenant with the EFD, Harbert also serves his church, gives friends rides into town and checks on elderly friends who aren’t as mobile as he is. He truly has a giving spirit.
Harbert was recently named Firefighter of the Year by the North Texas Firefighters Association and we are proud to see him receive this important recognition.
Now he has the opportunity to be named State Firefighter of the Year, but regardless of whether or not he receives that title, it will not alter the impact he has had or the inspiration he provides to this community. He has earned our respect and undying gratitude.
We ask our readers to join us in thanking Harbert for his dedication and the fine example he has set. We are truly blessed to have had him devote so much of himself to serving the people of Ennis.

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