Smart thing to do
Dear Mr. Melton: As a Denton firefighter/paramedic for 21 years, I’ve seen more wrecks and carnage than you can imagine.
What I remember most are the senseless, savable lives that were lost because seat belts weren’t used.
The 8-day-old baby sitting in her aunt’s lap, crushed to death because neither were strapped in.
Five day-laborers ejected and three killed when the truck rolled over them.
The 16-year-old with her windpipe fractured from hitting the steering wheel, suffocating to death.
Yes, sir, I can recall your few very rare examples as well, but they are miniscule compared to the hundreds and thousands that I have seen saved.
We have a very sad but true saying ... “So long as stupidity is free, we’ll have a job.” Come ride out with me at Fire Station No. 3, 1204 McCormick St., sometime and I’ll show you what I mean.
Then maybe you’ll decide to wear it because it’s the smart thing to do.
Capt. David Boots,
Fire Station 3/A-shift,