I Can’t Believe This Happened in Great Falls – But I’m Glad
Vigilance. It's probably a word that has become more frequent in conversations across our country since 9/11. You may look over your shoulder a little more, wonder about what may happen at a large gathering, or even more simple things as highlighted in the link to the story below.
Has it ever happened to you? Has someone ever thought you were a "shady" character? Enough so that they would actually take action because of something you did?
Not Feeling Safe? Neither Am I In Our City On Some Days
I Have Never Considered This in the Electric City, But Someone Did, Thankfully
Working as a radio personality, we often are requested to broadcast live from special events or for an advertising campaign for a client. The July 4th parade this year was no different. I found my parking spot, grabbed the station remote broadcast gear and headed to my pre-determined location. Upon arriving, I realized I didn't have my phone to keep in contact with the studios. Once my co-host arrived and we had discussed things, I headed back to my rig for my phone. That's when things got a little weird when I returned.
My Thanks To This Person Keeping an Eye Out for the Rest of Us
Once I returned, my coworker informed me that once I left, a gentleman approached her and asked if she knew me. Of course, she said yes, but why was he curious? I didn't realize when I arrived that I was carrying just a backpack and briefcase with equipment. I set it down behind me and watched the parade. The off-duty fireman noticed this chain of events and had concerns that I was looking a little "shady" and had concerns about the backpack and briefcase being left behind. Never would I have considered that something that I have done numerous times before could be construed as something sinister.
Keeping Vigilant in Today's Times, Even in Great Falls
Am I mad? Hardly. I am thankful that we have citizens within our great city that take the time to realize there could be a problem and to bring it to light. It is a shame however that our society has come to this, being paranoid of even the most mundane of things. It is a sad commentary on our society. Thankfully though, we have gentleman and women across our city, county, state and country that are ever vigilant in making sure that we as a people are safe at our celebrations.