EDITORIAL/Helping our neighbors
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 AM
Among the first on the scene of the devastating EF-4 tornado in Louisville Monday was the Philadelphia Fire Department's Rescue One, followed by throngs of volunteer firefighters and others.
Ambulances were lined up to get in the emergency room at Neshoba County General Hospital not long after the storm since the Winston hospital took a direct hit.
Overall, there seems to have been an incredibly coordinated regional response to the storm.
A Neshoba County ambulance crew and Neshoba volunteer firefighters were responsible for helping pull a kidney patient from the rubble of his Louisville home and get him a half-mile to an ambulance through fallen trees and debris that blocked the road.
"It is emotional, but we're going to come together," Louisville Mayor Will Hill told National Public Radio on Tuesday. "We've already come together, so we've proven that. It's a wonderful place to live, and that's why I'm so proud to serve as mayor. We're going to get through this. I've had some emotional moments, but it's time to get in there, get the work done and take care of our neighbors."
Mayor Hill asked for continued prayers.
The violence of a storm like this is almost incomprehensible. We are like sheep, but the Lord is our shepherd. In the face of utter destruction, Christ alone is sufficient because He has conquered sin and death. He is our comforter.
Neighbors helping neighbors is what binds us together and gives encouragement. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our first responders, especially.