When Quintus Ennius said “Amicus certus in re incerta cerniturin” in the Latin language that was predominant in the 3rd century BC, he coined one of the most famous and widely used phases known to mankind. It’s meaning is that a sure friend is identified or recognized when there is a difficulty. It is translated in English as “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Those using “modern” jargon simply say “That is good lookin’ out.”
However you want to say it top officials from the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ), Jonesboro Police Department (JPD) and Jonesboro Fire Department (JFD) along with volunteers from each and the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, provided a real life example of what the phrase means this past Saturday.
Police Jury President, Amy Magee, Jonesboro Police Department Chief, James “Spike” Harris and Assistant Chief, Ciera Murphy as well as Jonesboro Fire Chief, Brandon Brown and Assistant Chief, Aaron Blalock were all on hand to help load case after case of water into the vehicles of those suffering through the extended water outage that resulted from the brutal winter weather causing water lines to burst all over the area.
“As soon as a state of emergency was declared we immediately got it arranged through the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) to have 12 pallets of water delivered to us,” said JPPJ President Magee. “We are all in the same boat.
Being without water makes things difficult for everyone and we just wanted to help as best we can.”
JPD Chief Harris echoed the sentiments. “I know for a fact that the Water Department crews have been working round the clock to get things fixed and soon this will all just be a bad memory,” said Harris. “Until then we recognize that a lot of people are suffering and need help.”
Perhaps the greatest sacrifice of all came from JFD Chief Brown. Not only was he using his brawn to load cases of water into the cars on Saturday but was doing so after virtually having no sleep over the several days before while assisting his parents who both were injured when their back porch caved in from the weight of the snow and ice.
In times of crisis like this it is common for public officials to give statements about what is being done to rectify a situation. It is rare indeed though that those in “high places” actually put their boots on and physically do something to help. That is what you call leading by example!