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Thompson, White show importance of public service


April 30, 2020

It's easy to say Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson and Flomaton Volunteer Fireman Hunter White were just doing their jobs last Wednesday when the two saved the life of a 4-year old child caught inside a burning vehicle.

They both took their respective jobs to protect the public. That's what they do. But Thompson is not a fireman and White doesn't get paid a dime to be a fireman.

There is a 4-year old little boy walking around in Flomaton today because of the actions Thompson and White took last Wednesday afternoon.

Had Thompson not been on the scene of the fire on Twin Bridges Road and seen the child in the back seat of the burning car and had White not been close enough to snatch the child out of the burning car, we would have lost a life.

The picture on the front page of today's Tri-City Ledger would have been of the dead little boy. Instead we have pictures of Thompson and White.

We talked to both of them and they don't feel like they are heroes. They were both just doing their jobs.

To us, they, along with all other police officers, firemen and first responders are heroes. Some get a paycheck, others don't, but they all have one thing in common: they chose that path because they want to help protect our community. We can assure you they don't do it for the money.

The next time you see a police officer, firefighter or EMT, tell them thank you. It may be your child they save the next time.


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