COLUMN: Heroes come in all shapes, sizes

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By Shannon Brock

As someone who has less than a year of living in Anderson County under her belt, I’m proud to know I live in an area with heroes at every turn.

Look no further than this week’s front page to see several examples of proof to back up that statement.

Or ask any member of the Farley family ­— I’m sure they’ll tell you Anderson County is full of heroic men and women.

While boating on the Kentucky River on Thursday, the Farleys got stuck on top of the dam at Lock 5.

Fast forward three and a half hours and the Farleys were most definitely shaken up, but most importantly safe thanks to some of Anderson County’s finest.

Keep in mind that these heroes are also volunteers. Yes, some of them are part of other departments in neighboring towns, but when it comes to serving their friends here in Anderson County, they do it for free.

They do it because if they don’t, who knows who will.

They do it because they don’t want to take the chance that their shoes will not be filled.

No one wants to be in a situation to need the help of first responders, but at one time or another, we all are. I’ve said it before, and I’m happy to say it again — because it can’t be said too often — should I end up in an emergency situation, I can take comfort in the fact that our local men and women are more than prepared for the job.

Thank you, local heroes, for all you do. I know you don’t hear it nearly enough.

Another type of hero also deserves some kudos this week.

These heroes probably don’t think of themselves as heroes at all, and it will probably take years to fully understand the effects of their heroics, but each and every person who helped make sure Lawrenceburg had a skate park to open last Friday is a hero in his or her own right.

Don’t be too puzzled — think of the short and long term effects of a skate park.

Immediately, kids who were skating on the streets or any other place where they shouldn’t have been, now have a safe place to go.

They will be away from the road, and sure, they’re new at this so there will be some scrapes and bruises, but having a skate park allows skaters to enjoy their favorite pasttime in a safe environment.

And, with a security system in the works, those who aren’t safe can be identified and dealt with in a proper manner.

They’ll be safe and they’ll keep out of trouble. Two birds, one stone.

But look even further.

Years from now, who is to say these children won’t be able to look back and say, “The skate park — and thus, those who helped build it — saved my life.”

Perhaps some of these kiddos where headed down the wrong path.

Maybe before Friday they had nothing but trouble to get into.

Now, instead of inviting trouble into their lives and barking up the wrong tree, they can pick up a new hobby.

My point is, the skate park was built for a list of reasons, but mainly because the kids wanted and needed it.

Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the skate park a reality, that need has been met.

These kids have learned that when they speak up, someone will listen. It may take some time, but someone will listen.

A very wonderful and persistent former city councilwoman listened to three boys who knocked on her door and now because of nothing short of a true community effort, all children in Lawrenceburg have a brand new skate park to break in.

So, yes, heroes do come in all shapes and sizes. And heroes deserve to be commended for their dedication and hard work.

Follow Shannon Brock at Twitter.com/ANewsSBrock.