Yesterday was very interesting. First off was a United Way meeting. Fascinating statistics on Tarrant County. I wish there were numbers specific to Arlington but that was not the case. Although the briefing was interesting there was little to report that actually affected Arlington.
Then there was a CDBG street project briefing concerning a street makeover off of center just north of Pioneer Parkway. Not too interesting.
Lastly was the Firefighters graduated a new class of cadets last night. (21) I was impressed with the quality of individual that our fire department is getting as new hires. The leading graduate was a Marine with two tours in Iraq. Although he had no fire or emergency medical background, the fire department gave him a chance and the city of Arlington benefited in a big way. What a remarkable individual! Of the 21 cadets, I would say that about half of them had already been responsible in saving a life. They have only been in the program for six months. Graduation day in any category is a good day.