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Letters to the editor, May 30

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,