Editorial: Many deserve kudos for aid at fireAt five minutes to 10 Saturday night, Minnesota Soybean Processors employees called the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office to let them know of a fire at their facility.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
At five minutes to 10 Saturday night, Minnesota Soybean Processors employees called the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office to let them know of a fire at their facility.
What happened from that point onward is reflective of the dedication of emergency services personnel — many of them volunteers — from around our region.
According to a press release issued Sunday by Nobles County Emergency Management, the Brewster Fire Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and the Worthington Police Department were agencies who were the immediate and initial response. “More than 20 fire and law enforcement agencies from three counties in Minnesota and one Iowa county responded with assistance,” the release added.
It’s difficult to estimate the numbers of those helping keep Brewster safe Saturday night. We were made aware Tuesday that 10 members of the Bigelow Fire Department were on the scene; in all likelihood, there were probably at least 100 on hand, and perhaps as many as 200. We are grateful for their response and their willingness to, in this case, put an entire community’s safety ahead of their own.
We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the Southwest Chapter of the American Red Cross for providing an evacuation shelter.
Congratulations to all involved in keeping what could have been a devastating and chaotic event safe and under control.