One of the great misconceptions of newspaper work is journalists love reporting on bad news. On the contrary, when we hear a call for a fire or accident, or worse, we cringe as much any anyone. Bad news for the communities on which we report is bad news for Times Citizen Communications. Extra clicks on Facebook or TimesCitizen.com or a few extra papers sold off the racks don’t make up for loss of property or life, unforeseen expenses, or just general inconvenience for our readers, customer and partners.
Such was the case last Wednesday when we heard a page for a fire at Thompson Hall on the Ellsworth Community College Campus. As always, we were awestruck by the response of our excellent volunteer fire department and grateful for the help of emergency responders, law enforcement, and ECC officials to help us report the story quickly and accurately.