Letter to the editor
This letter is in response to Chief Warrant Officer William Church's letter to the editor dated April 24, 2001.
First, I'd like to say that I respect and admire those in our military service who are willing to give their lives for this great country of ours. If it were not for these men and women who serve and are willing to die for our country, it would not be so great! However, please don't underestimate the level of devotion that we as civil servants have who serve in support of our military.
I worked as a high-voltage lineman on a military installation for 15 years. All of those I worked with were aware that we could lose our lives at any time in the line of our duties. We performed our jobs with pride in knowing that we were supporting our military counterparts.
Unfortunately, some of us (civilian high-voltage linemen throughout the U.S. military) do lose our lives in support of our government. One of these brave people was a close friend of mine. He was more concerned with service to his counterparts than with his own safety and paid with his life. Others of us have given our physical health in the line of duty.
My point is that there are many of us within the civilian ranks of the military who have raised our hands saying we are willing to die for our governmentand have! So on behalf of our government, thanks go to my friend Rick and to the many others for their sacrifice in support of our military men and women.
Electrical planner and estimator
Navy Public Works Center
Great Lakes, Ill.