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Muncie Loses a Hero

Occasionally, things come across our inbox here at OTP that not only make us tack to a different course, but also provide some perspective on not only how insignificant some of this obsession over football is but also that in the world, especially the sports world, the term “hero” gets thrown around a bit too loosely. Scott Davis, Muncie firefighter and former Yorktown chief, lost his life in the line of duty while battling a fire at the Tabernacle of Praise church on the southside of the city. For information about the tragedy, including comments and statements from his family, you can check that out here.

It’s the first death in the line of duty since 1955 in the Muncie area and to be honest, these sorts of stories shake me up more than a little. It’s difficult for me to comprehend the character and moral fiber of someone who willingly feels compelled to run into a building on fire to save the lives of others. To have a calling like that, and answer it time and time again, is the sort of thing that actually deserves to be honored, especially considering the type of praise and adulations that are lumped onto people that simply hit a ball, tackle another human, or slam dunk. I could wax on for hours about the shifted scale of praise and honor, but that isn’t what’s needed or called for. Instead, I’ll simply say a prayer for Davis’ family, and say a heartfelt thanks to him for sacrificing his life for the community that he lived in. Anyone in an emergency services role has my utmost respect and though we may not fawn over you all like our touchdown scorers of Saturdays in the fall, know that you’re appreciated beyond belief.

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