EDITORIAL: Response to Moncton tragedy a bright spot in darkness

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There is, it is said, nothing that happens, no matter how bad, from which something good can’t come. Sometimes it takes a while to realize; sometimes, it happens right away.

The recent fatal shooting of three RCMP officers in Moncton was a horrible tragedy, but there are a few positive outcomes.

The first is  - by managing to apprehend the shooter alive, which rarely happens in cases like this - police may eventually be able to get an insight into why be did what he did and perhaps prevent another such tragedy.

Second is the resilient spirit of Monctonians. After the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the city rose from and above tragedy with a new sense of resilience. No doubt, the same thing is taking place in Moncton. There are signs – both literally and figuratively – of support even here for Moncton throughout our area: messages on billboards, spontaneous moments of silence at public events, books of remembrance, flags flown at half staff, or specific fundraising efforts.

One of the latter has a real local connection. Two graduating students from Central Kings, Brittany Keddy and Kelsey Smith, took time from a busy time of year to run a local fundraiser for the families of the fallen officers.

Keddy had an extra reason for becoming involved. She plans to attend college in Moncton starting this fall to study policing and corrections, with the eventual goal of becoming a police officer.

Any money the girls raise from a series of fundraising events will be forwarded through the CK student council to the families of those affected by the tragedy.

This is a great story in so many ways. First, selfless gestures like this from our young people are heartwarming, and serve as positive publicity for teenage citizens.

Second, such efforts prove once again that Maritimers are among the most generous and selfless Canadians.  When something awful happens, we can be sure that the response of Maritimers, whether it happens in their backyard or halfway round the world, will be immediate, generous and heartfelt.

Attention to the RCMP, the great work they do and how well they do it, is another positive outcome from the Moncton events. It certainly brought home, albeit in the most tragic way possible, the danger our police officers face every day.

We were also glad to see county council recently initiate another reward for courage: Kings County Fire Service Medals. Firefighters put in hours of training – usually on their own time - so they can be prepared to deal with whatever they might encounter at a fire, accident or other emergency.

Kudos to the county for coming up with this tangible way of honouring firefighters for their acts of bravery, as well as to the firefighters, past, present and future, who continue to perform them.

Organizations: RCMP, Kings County Fire Service

Geographic location: Moncton

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