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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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