Community leaders work hard to bring notoriety to Marshalltown.
However, the news that hit the city this last week was not the type of limelight officials seek out. None of us who call Marshalltown home relish in being in the kind of spotlight that focused like a laser beam on our town.
First, the town was shocked and saddened by a murder - the first in more than seven years.
Next, a massive fire that is being investigated as arson destroyed an historic building in the downtown area.
Headlines shot across the state and broadcasters parked satellite trucks in the downtown area.
It was not at all the kind of publicity we need.
However, the bright spot that did rise above this negativity was something we can all take pride in as citizens of this community.
Our public safety is in good hands.
Very good hands.
Our law enforcement officers investigated and captured the people suspected to be responsible for the murder within hours of the crime being committed.
Our firefighters ensured people inside the building evacuated and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby businesses.
At the end of the day, we know tragedy can strike in any community at any time.
It is indeed comforting to know that Marshalltown has the finest police and fire departments in the state and we know they will keep us safe and protect us during catastrophic times.