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Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thanks to those keeping the community safe

To the Editor:

Winter in DeKalb County has been bitter cold with extreme conditions. On many occasions the high has been far below zero. In December of 2013, the average high was 27 degrees and the low was 11. From Jan. 1 until Jan. 25, 2014, the average high has been 21 degrees with the average low being 4 degrees. We have battled not just now temperatures, but high winds, snow and ice.

Numerous services deserve to be recognized for their service and commitment to keeping the citizens of our county safe. The city municipalities, DeKalb County Highway Department, and our local townships have all done a remarkable job of keeping our roads clear, salted and safe at all hours of the day. Our local law enforcement has been quick to assist and respond to roadside emergencies.

School district officials have been proactive at making decisions about whether or not to have school, recess and after-school activities. They have done a great job of communicating and keeping families informed. We owe a lot of thanks to our bus drivers who drive thousands of children to and from school and activities on a daily basis, and continue to keep them safe in these harsh conditions.

It is comforting to see people come together. Thank you to all of these services for continuing to work so hard to keep our county and citizens safe.

Joslin Peck

Sycamore Middle School eighth-grader

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