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Job before Family

by Mac McMullen / September 4, 2005 1:17 PM PDT

Job before Family employment definitely is not for everyone.

Employment such as Police; Firemen; Medical; Public Works, among others, that are expected to react to emergencies, are fully expected to be present for work when called upon during an emergency. Even if their own family is in dire straights due to that same emergency, ie the situation in New Orleans, where, it appears, many "emergency personnel" abandoned their jobs ahead of the storm, or immediately following. Fully acknowledge that New Orleans is an extreme.

Military routinely are deployed away from home, many times on short notice, ....and the family has to make do without them.

We've seen numerous incidents where someone voluntarily signed on with the military, active, guard or reserve, and all was well .......until deployment time.

We've seen Forest Service personnel called upon to fight wild fires, whose homes were at risk ahead of the fire, ....and had to leave the family to fend, and report for work. I have a friend who is a Deputy Sheriff, was called out during a wild fire, and before it was over lost his home and some live stock. Family
'literally' escaped.

We've seen Public Works personnnel called out during blizzards or floods, when their own homes either were, or might become involved ....and had to leave the family to fend.

Medical personnel called to work during emergencies, ....at a time when the family needed them at home.

Fire and Police personnel called out, ....leaving the family at home, even if going to work might impact the family.

And, on and on.

If a person, or that person's family, cannot accept that the "job comes before family", that person should not willingly enter into that employment field.

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Be careful, Mac...
by J. Vega / September 4, 2005 1:23 PM PDT
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Be careful, Mac, Senator Mary Landrieu might give you a wack in the chops.

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But for how long Mac?
by Roger NC / September 5, 2005 7:38 AM PDT
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Can we expect them to go for days without relief, seeing more and more disaster and bad news every hour all around them, and not expect them to eventually take to to check?

I understand your point, largely agree with the basic idea, and have seen many live up the standard also.

But I think after a certain about of time and stress, many who intended to do their jobs well will start to give.

And honestly, after some point of passing time, a man (or woman) who hasn't began to worry about their family to the point they can't do their job well would disturb me too.

Many have compared the NOLA police and fire to the NYC counterparts after the Towers collapsed. While the dust, gases, smoke, and fumes spread, after the first 24 hours, everyone pretty much knew if their homes and family were affected or not. At least all those with no family working in the Towers immediately adjacent blocks. So that comparison isn't totally fair IMO.

Roger NC

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How long
by marinetbryant / September 5, 2005 8:12 AM PDT
In reply to: But for how long Mac?

No one is ever fully prepared for such devastation. There are reports several police officers have committed suicide. Even combat soldiers break. From personal experience its like being in a Salvadore Dali painting. Ease up.

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by John Robie / September 5, 2005 8:17 AM PDT
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and I made a small comment this morning concerning this:


Another thing....someone try to convince me that the cops didn't check on their house while on duty if they could get to it with their patrol car right after the passing of the hurricane & flood. Course the intelligent cops had their family already evacuated.

I have relatives in Law Enforcement who have been in Hurricanes/floods.

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