Across the country and in communities like ours, government employees serve and protect us every day. Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, we should gratefully acknowledge their service. I want to personally thank all my fellow public employees.
Public employees are there for us at the local, state and federal level. They work side by side with our military at home and abroad to defend our country and provide care to our veterans. They protect our communities from violence, teach our children, deliver our mail and safeguard the safety of our food and medicines. They ensure these essential functions are financed, that Social Security checks arrive on time, and that our borders and airports are secure. When disasters occur, they come to our rescue and help us recover.
In my own career, after serving in the Marines, I've been honored to serve at all levels of government as, variously, a ranger in our national parks, border patrol agent, town marshal, chief investigator and special agent in charge for health and human services and national cemetery director for the VA. During Public Service Recognition Week, please join me in thanking and recognizing the important work of the public employees in our community.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.