To the residents (and taxpayers) of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, Craig Fire Board, Craig firefighters and staff:
It is with great regret that I submit this letter of resignation as a board member of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors. In October 2005, when I accepted the position as a member of the Board of Directors, I had no idea how it would affect me personally and professionally.
Personally, I became a part of the most respected group of people in the world, notwithstanding law enforcement and the military. I gained the utmost respect for each and every one of the firefighters and their families that support them.
Professionally, I made a promise to the firefighters and the public. A promise to the public that I would assure that their tax dollars were being spent wisely and that they would have the best-trained and equipped firefighters available.
While I am confident that there are some people out there who will not agree that every dollar we spent was “smart,” I can look anybody in the eye and say that I felt it was money well spent.
I committed to do my part to assure that our firefighters had everything they needed to do their jobs safely and efficiently. It was important to me that they had all of the necessary tools and training available, and the payoff for these (oftentimes expensive ventures) first and foremost was that they came home safely every time. It was worth every penny.
To the firefighters: The dedication, hard work and pride you have for what you do shows on your faces and in everything you do and everywhere you go. The public looks up to you; never lose sight of why you are there, why you do what you do, and never let the few naysayers make you question your dedication, motives or abilities.
To Chris Nichols, John Forgay, and Tony Maneotis: It has been a pleasure working with the three of you, keep up the good work. Keep forging ahead, and try to keep things on track.
To the public: Support these brave dedicated people; they are our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors. Never forget that when your house, or any building, is on fire and everybody is running out, your firefighters are running in, and they are not doing it for the money. Support your Fire Board. If you don’t like what they are doing, attend meetings and let them know. If that fails, run for a position and have them voted out.
But be careful of what you ask for; you might get it.
The Fire Board has accomplished a lot throughout the years, and I am not so naive as to think that my leaving will make a huge impact on future progress. I hope it doesn’t. I do think the board will continue to strive for excellence and work to keep the firefighters and the public safe.
W. Alan Webber