Late last week, I was driving down Main St. in Warrensburg and ran into a traffic jam near Emerson St. Realizing that emergency vehicles had moments earlier stopped in the roadway, I pulled over, grabbed a camera and notepad, and jogged to the intersection. There lying on the asphalt was a young boy, about 12 years old, beside a downed bicycle with blood flowing from his face. Three emergency medical responders were examining his injuries, talking to the boy, and determining what happened and the nature of his condition. Thank goodness, the incident initially seemed far more serious than it was. Walking back to my car, I thought of the collisions and medical emergencies Ive seen, and how fortunate we all are that experienced, trained volunteers are willing to take quick action on behalf of their neighbors or strangers. About two weeks ago, I was at Northway Exit 6, and I saw a man frantically giving a woman cardio-pulmonary resuscitation just minutes after a car-truck collision and long before police arrived. Earlier this year, I saw several other automobile and motorcycle collisions where emergency personnel were on scene within mere minutes, working to saving lives. This spring, Thurman emergency responders helped extricate and revive a boy buried alive in a sandbank. Several weeks ago, forest rangers, Thurman firefighters and volunteers located a youngster that had been lost hours after wandering off from a campsite near Daggett Lake. Their fast action in locating the boy before nightfall was credited in saving the childs life. Thurman firefighters were modest about the incident, just taking it in stride, accepting it as part of life. They avoided publicity or recognition for their work in locating the child. Sunday, as I edited Evie Russells column and read of the Thurman Emergency Medical Services appeal to the public for financial help, I was reminded of the work of all the area fire and ambulance squads, and the community service the volunteers provide. They are ready to jump into action, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, whenever needed. Its only reasonable that we reciprocate, offering our support now to the Thurman squad and the dozens of other area emergency response organizations. Thom Randall is editor of The Adirondack Journal. He can be reached Thom@denpubs.com.