In our current age, we tend to be especially cognizant of our rights as citizens, but less conscious of our duties. Most of us enjoy the luxury of going about our lives divested of any sense of responsibility for the upkeep or security of the communities in which we live. If there is any emergency of any kind, we feel entitled to the expectation that professionals will respond. Of course, not every individual can live in such a way. Some sacrifice in order that others can prosper according to their own talents, ambitions, quiddities, and aspirations. Ideally, it is not every instance in which those who serve do so quite so sacrificially. We hope that their talents and temperament find an expression that secures the multitude, and that a complementarity emerges.
It is further obvious that real life does not always work out so ideally. It is not infrequently the case that those who elect to put themselves in danger find the choices more difficult than they could have imagined, that the toll on themselves and on their families proves more costly, and that their encounters are so difficult that they find themselves changed in ways they could not have imagined. In practice, heroism has its glories and its penalties. The world cannot be made tolerable for refined manners and customs if it is not made tolerably safe. We need police, fire fighters, soldiers, and all variations thereof to preserve a world where ordinary people more than merely survive. On thoughtful reflection, we all know the verity of these things, but citizenship requires rekindling in order to preserve our civic consciousness.
For this reason, Ridgeview will begin a tradition of honoring First Responders each October 1st. This year we will host members from many of the following agencies at our school between the hours of 11:00am-2:00pm: Fort Collins Police Services, S.W.A.T., Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Poudre Valley Fire Authority, the US Forest Service, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Army National Guard, the US Marshalls Service, and representatives from the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.)
We plan on introducing our students from all grade levels to some of those individuals who protect and serve their country, and we would like to offer all first responders a lunch to express our appreciation. Ridgeview’s Student Ambassadors and Student Council members will be on hand to welcome our guests and serve them lunch, and we are asking members of our Ridgeview community to donate food in advance of our event.
We look forward to heightening our community’s civic consciousness and introducing our students to some very hard working individuals.