East Londonderry DUP MLA George Robinson MBE has paid tribute to all those people who have to work despite the dangerous wintry conditions.
“I am very aware that many of our emergency workers like the ambulance, fire service, police and care workers who look after the vulnerable in society and especially those people who drive the gritters and snow ploughs, go out in the awful and highly dangerous conditions we have seen this winter without thought for their own safety.
A number of people have contacted me to say how grateful they are to the care workers who go to them or their relatives and ensure that their patients wellbeing is ensured. I want to say a public thank you to them for all they do and often without praise or appreciation.
I have also been told of the brave actions of the Ambulance, Police and Fire Service personnel who have attended accidents in horrendous weather conditions to rescue other people and treat their injuries. I do not believe they are truly appreciated for all these heroics actins when the rest of us stay in the house to keep warm. It is very important they realise that they are appreciated by those not directly involved.
I find it difficult to find words to express my admiration for the gritter and snow plough drivers who venture onto roads that no-one else would want to face. They play a huge role in ensuring the roads are as safe as possible.
To all those I have mentioned thank you for all you do – it is truly appreciated” concluded Mr Robinson.