I will have worked for the city for 25 years when I retire from answering 911 medical and fire calls.
I will have 25 years of hearing a mother yell and cry as I direct her to perform CPR on her blue-skinned drowned baby. Talking to a young man who is putting his hand in his friend's chest to stop the bleeding from the bullet hole as I hear the air escape from the open would. Talking to a father who I am directing to go under his 15-year-old daughter's lifeless body and lift her as she hangs from the garage door opener with a noose around her neck.
Hearing the ringing in my ears for hours after an older man shoots himself in the head as I desperately try to get help to him in time and talk him down from his decision.
After 25 years of that, I will be receiving a pension of about $24,000.
And according to the far right in this state, I am the bad guy. I am the one bankrupting the city. I am the one who is hurting the citizens.
What an amazing place we have become.