During these uncertain times, its important to remember those that are stepping up and stepping out.
They’re putting themselves in the direct path of the unknown and of the virus.
They are doctors and nurses.
Police Officers and the Fire Department.
They are janitors and cleaning staff.
They are grocery store clerks and pharmacists.
They are the people making your take out food because you’re too tired and sick of cooking.
They are delivery drivers, warehouse workers and truckers.
We have all poured our appreciation into the heroes – some likely, and some a little less likely.
And rightfully so.
These people are working in conditions where they might be bringing the virus home to their family and loved ones.
They might be unwitting carriers and inadvertently pass it on to someone they were trying to help.
There are so many what if’s and unknowns during this rapidly evolving time. The rules are always changing and it can be hard to keep up.
But being thankful for what we have and those that help – that will never change.
However there is another team of people that work hard on the front lines that are often under appreciated and under valued.
Maybe this blog is a bit biased, but we also owe a great deal of thanks to our front line security workers.
Being a security guard can often be a thankless job especially considering the vital role you’re playing in people’s safety.
Prior to pandemics, your average security guard was placed in situations where they were often the first person guests may see when arriving to a venue.
We greet you, acknowledge your existence, and make sure that yourself and your surroundings are kept as safe as possible.
We provide customer service and a level of care for your well being.
While some may come off aloof or uncaring, know that there are various levels of security and for some it means a strictly unbroken level of vision. The primary job is security and that comes before anything else.
A month or two ago, unless something happened where security stepped in, they were often just the unsung hero in the background that was unnoticed and unthanked.
Now, with these uncertain times, the role of security still has the same roots.
We’re still here to protect and to care.
We’re still at the front lines and perhaps in some cases, providing more customer service.
We may be asking you where you’ve been and trying to navigate these waters of potential carriers to make sure that your well being is priority along with those are around you.
We’re working in places you may not have seen us before – grocery stores, doctors offices and seniors homes.
We’re working in places we might not be fully accustomed too.
But we’re there for you.
To make sure you’re safe.
To make sure you’re following the rules of social distancing.
We’re on the front lines of this battle and once again, maybe not getting the recognition that is deserved.
Being a security guard can be a thankless job, and it doesn’t matter what conditions we’re working in.
Its something that we accept as part of the job and its not something we expect.
Today however, I want to make sure that everyone on the front lines : Doctors, Nurses, Police, Fire, Paramedics, Grocery Store, Any Store, Pharamacists, Restaurant workers AND Security – are acknowledged.
Thank you for putting yourself second.
Thank you for keeping us safe, secure, fed, happy, and healthy.
For those of us that aren’t on the front lines, we can best show our support and our gratitude by staying home.
By social distancing.
And by saying thank you, to those that are still going out there. Facing the unknown, and risking what could be everything.
We support you, and we thank you.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.