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Suburban heroes

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

I truly could not believe what I read in Douglas Knight’s letter to the editor Aug. 22. I understand the intensity of the debate that is going on about public pensions. But for Mr. Knight to take his position on the debate a step further though by saying, “In truth, being a firefighter in the suburbs is a cushy job,” is downright offensive.

Last year, I witnessed, right in front of me, a firefighter go through the air about 12 feet. This was the result of him getting on a scene of an emergency quickly and then experiencing an explosion. In 1999, my cousin, Wayne, died heroically in a fire as he served for the Northbrook Fire Department. It was true heroism. Two suburban firefighters ... period.

Mr. Knight, please be careful when you choose your words about those who are willing to serve us and protect us. They deserve that.

Mike Luecht

Lake in the Hills

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