This is a letter to and about Jon Hird.
Jon is the fellow you may have seen over the years diligently getting you to slow down. He has been the friendly Speed Watch fellow keeping places safe with his cheerful wave and smile while your speed is logged. He is the unsung hero of safety.
Unbeknownst to many, Jon also spearheaded the “Illiteratie,” a small group of kids and parents who would go out on weekly outings picking up garbage on roadsides and ditches throughout town, Jon’s easygoing banter in his warm Aussie accent leading the way.
People like Jon are the backbone of community. Self-motivated deeds done with care and often under the radar (sorry about the pun, Jon!) of public kudos.
So thank you, Jon. Thank you for your service over the years. Thank you for doing what is important to you, and inspiring others to go out and serve the community in quiet but significant ways. Keeping school zones safe, keeping places clean, doing things with a smile.
Georgina Brandon, Gibsons