Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool, Minister for Communications and Works and Fourth District Representative said that as a politician you are easily criticized and often not thanked for what you have done. He said fire officers also face this issue.
"As an Elected Representative of the people and as Fire Officers, we have similarly pledged to serve the public, without favouritism. We will continually be in the public’s eye, we will be scrutinized and we will be criticized," he told fire officers.
"We cannot hide, nor do we really want to hide from the public we serve, as we know that no matter what we wear or where we go, we will always be Honourable Mark Vanterpool or Officers of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services Department."
He said that, many times, you will find that the good you do is not appreciated, but you will have to forge ahead nonetheless.
"It can be a thankless job, but this is what you have committed to do and I commend you for getting involved in this way."
The minister said, "What would we do without Fire Officers? Who would put out the random fires that occur, whether they be bush fires, vehicular or boat fires or fires that threaten to destroy our homes and businesses? Who would help to extricate accident victims?"
He indicated, "So, your job is extremely important and valuable and I want to let you know that you are appreciated."
- Source: BVIHotpress.com