Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

April 4, 2014

Service most effective when many participate

GLASGOW — Our community was shaken this week by the loss of a well-known public servant, who died as a result of an apparent medical event that occurred as he performed his duties as a process server for the Barren County Sheriff’s Office.

Ernest Franklin, 58, was a familiar face in Glasgow for reasons beyond his occupation, perhaps most notably his volunteer work with a free Thanksgiving meal served at the Liberty District Ralph Bunche Community Center. Some of the people who knew Franklin best shared memories of the man with reporter Melinda J. Overstreet for an article in today’s edition of the Daily Times.

People such as Franklin are the bedrock of towns such as Glasgow. Familiar, but hardly high-profile. Difference-making, but hardly spotlight-seeking. There are many such people in our community, but never enough. That’s why we suffer so much each time one is lost.

So we hope the shock of Franklin’s death gives way to an inspiration to serve, either as a career or as a volunteer. Communities don’t get stronger when only a few of us carry the load. Communities get stronger when as many of us who are able find a way to contribute.

Franklin found ways to be involved, as have many others in southcentral Kentucky. Those of us who haven’t yet followed their lead should consider taking the first step.

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