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I have a comment—people who had the audacity to complain about getting a

CodeRED call last Thursday night should be ashamed. Talk about being uncaring and insensitive!

There was something important and critical taking place in our area and we are fortunate to have the system so that we could be alerted.

A young girl’s life was in question. The CodeRED call came through two cell phones plus a land line at our house while we were sound asleep.

Instantly, we were concerned and hoping she’d be found soon. Prayer is always automatic—never in a million years would it occur to me to “complain” about an emergency call in the middle of the night. Especially one concerning a child in our school system!

It came across as a runaway situation. There is still cause for concern. There are stories in the news all the time about young girls/women being abducted, only to have their bodies found at a later date. Just because she might have run away doesn’t mean she was safe.

I happen to take this CodeRED stuff seriously. We don’t live in a perfect world and things happen. What if something was going horribly wrong and what if the hundreds of calls that went out that night made the difference?

Is something else so important that it’s okay to ignore the fact that a child’s life hangs in the balance?

She is safe; she was found the next day; things will be dealt with.

I happen to think our local law enforcement personnel do a fantastic job in keeping our community safe and informed. Installation of the CodeRED system is just one more way that we as residents of a small town can be alerted to what takes place if the sheriff’s department deems it necessary. I fully trust their judgment in passing along important information.

The CodeRED system is used to send critical communications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.

CodeRED is a unique weather warning service that automatically calls citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

There is no cost. Complaining about such a worthwhile service just undermines what our community strives so hard toward being—warm, caring, economically and technologically advanced.

Jan Rahn