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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Best Heroes!

- March 26th, 2012  

Chris Jackson

It usually takes a lot to catch a firefighter by surprise. After all, those professionals deal with emergencies on a daily basis and are trained to handle whatever comes along.

But Traverse City firefighter is humbled and a little taken aback by being chosen by Express readers as one of their heroes.

“I’m really surprised,” says Jackson, who joined the TC department in 2001 and was nominated for the award last year too. “I thank everyone who voted for me. I really appreciate everyone who voted for me. It’s very humbling to be chosen.”

Jackson is quick to note that he’s part of a seven-man team of firefighters and gives his team credit for any success he has. They work a 56-hour work week and when not responding to fire calls or medical emergencies, they keep busy working gear or taking part in safety projects like the current campaign to provide smoke detectors to city residents.

“Folks may think that between calls we just sit around and drink coffee, but that’s not true at all,” says Jackson with a laugh. “We stay busy.”

Jackson grew up in Traverse City, graduating from Senior High School in 1993. “When I was about 13 or 14, I met a volunteer (firefighter) who let me read his medical first aid book. I was hooked. After that I wanted to be a firefighter.

In 1998, he earned his paramedic degree.

“Eighty percent of our calls are EMS calls,” says Jackson. “We’re here for all types of emergencies.”

Jackson isn’t sure who nominated him for this honor, but he has his suspicions. His wife, Stephanie, is a teacher at Central Grade School and a friend of hers nominated him last year.

Jackson expects the honor to generate a little good-natured razzing from his firefighter co-workers, but it’s worth it. “I’m just grateful for everyone who took time to vote for me,” he says.

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