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Letters to the Editor

Nothing funny about accident

On Monday, Aug. 12, SVM reported an incident that happened on Saturday, Aug. 10. This incident involved Dixon Police Sgt. Mike Wolfley getting into an accident while responding to an emergency. Fortunately, Sgt. Wolfley and the other man involved weren’t hurt badly. Thank God for this. 

What is not fortunate is the quick response to the accident on Facebook. Not even an hour after the accident, there were dozens of posts making fun of Sgt. Wolfley. People were cracking jokes and laughing at what could have been a very tragic event. 

I understand that everyone in this country has the freedom of speech and opinion. What I want to remind those who found this event so funny is that the police in this country literally put their lives on the line every day. Not just on Monday. Not just on holidays or special events. Not just when you have that emergency that you need them for, but every day.

Let me remind you of an event that meant something to me. On Nov. 15, 2012, my house caught fire. My neighbor called 911, and the Dixon Police Department was first on the scene. When the officer was told by my neighbor that she didn’t know whether all of us were out of the house, and he heard a thumping in the house, he kicked in the front door trying to help whomever was making that thumping. When the door finally busted open, the heat and smoke that came barreling out was so bad, he was knocked onto the ground.

Was that story funny? If that wasn’t funny, why would a car accident that involved an officer responding to a serious emergency be funny then?

God bless you, Sgt. Wolfley, and remember that those with backbones don’t find it funny.

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