When a firefighter or police officer is injured or killed on the job our emotions are peaked and rightly so. There is widespread publicity. We translate that emotion in many cases into an open wallet in terms of the benefits provided. Afterall, these are dangerous jobs and it takes a special kind of person to do them. No dispute there.
But what is interesting is how our perceptions and emotions cloud reality. The fact is that neither firefighter nor police office are among the most dangerous jobs in terms of deaths per 100,000 hours worked. Actually they are not even in the top ten.
We rarely hear of the deaths of fisherman who have the most dangerous job, or loggers which are near the top. They too have families to support and they too leave behind children needing a college education.
It’s interesting how our emotions work, often impacted by what we see and hear.