This morning while driving to work on the local interstate, I approached a large truck with the words Power Ranger on the back. As I passed,I realized it was a local power company vehicle. If you have kids that grew up in the 90's as I did, this is a name you're quite familiar with as part of a long-running American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a line of colorful action figures. Furthermore, these figures were said to "morph" from ordinary people into powerful superheroes possessing superhuman strength.
While thankfully, our local power crews are not wearing color-coded spandex uniforms, the work they perform during hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters can be quite heroic to the communities they serve. These are first responders who continually train and prepare for storm season on an annual basis, and when bad weather strikes, are often out in their "power ranger" vehicles working through the night, sometimes days on end. They are working to ensure that we can continue to enjoy our lights, our air conditioning, running water, microwaves, etc.; or at least face minimal disruption to our lives.
This month, Live Response would like to salute the power rangers everywhere, from Dubuque, Iowa to Minneapolis, Boston and every other small town and big city in America. They are first responders who help protect not only our infrastructure, but our homes and lives as we like to enjoy them - and in keeping our communties safe.
As for the Power Ranger of television fame, 17 television shows and two box office movies later, a new series started up this year on a network near you.