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Op-Ed: This Is Community

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I was going to title this “Lodi’s Quack Response Teams Show Their Colors”… but I thought that might be a bit too much–and that some people might not get the pun.

It’s Not a Job, It’s Us

Recently on Lodi and the World, I sat down with Lodi Police Chief Wayne Smith.  One of the core topics of our conversation was “ownership”–by which he meant “taking responsibility for the community”.

While our police are full-time paid employees of the city, our fire fighters and EMTs are not.  They’re volunteers who get a token amount for the time they put in.  They’re not doing this for the money.  They’re doing it because this is their home and it’s a job that needs to be done.  They’re looking out for us, because that’s the kind of people they are (and, possibly for the firefighters, because they get to play with really cool toys).

This Ain’t the Job

Today (Susie the Duck Day, 2021), six of our volunteer firefighters risked their toes (and other things beginning with a T) in the icy waters of Spring Creek to… herd rubber ducks.

Protected only by their hard hats and sneakers (except for that one cadet who went in barefoot) they bravely strode down Spring Creek, rescuing any derby participant who ran aground or ran afoul of branches or backwashes.  Wielding the tools of their trade, they assured that not a single rubber duck was left behind.


Because it’s Lodi, it’s Susie, and it’s fun.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made this year’s Susie the Duck Day such a grand outing.

Chief Smith poses with his boss

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