Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Cheers to ...

to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical responders and all others who have chosen to dedicate their lives to protecting the public and ensuring our communities are safe for us and our children. We should all be grateful for their dedication and sacrifice.

This week instead of running our typical Cheers ‘N’ Jeers, we have decided to simply say thank you to those who put their lives on the line when duty calls. Whether it’s an officer responding to a call, a firefighter entering a burning home or an emergency medical tech responding to an accident and rendering assistance.

Over the last few days we have been reminded, as we so often are, about what a generous and caring area we call home. From fundraising events for the family of the children who perished in a house fire last week to the flags and blue and black ribbons that are being displayed in honor of Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Shoemate, the lake area is responding