Roses for the now retired former SFD Lt. Rod Hughes who served our city for nearly 24 years. Firefighters and, of course, police officers are in the highest-risk positions in any community, small through large. We have very good firefighters and police officers here in Salem. We appreciate what they do. We appreciate having a fire department to call our own while not having to listen to any fire district ramblings like we previously did under a city leadership that was ousted by voters. We appreciate the city approving $860,000 for the purchase of a 102-foot ladder truck. That is protection for all residents.