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Opinion: Randy Brown – Teamwork with a Capital “T”

Teamwork with a Capital “T”

Previously, I have talked about teamwork in my columns (both for BPT and BIZ Magazine).
For sure, no organization or entity can survive without the existence of teamwork. In doing what I have the fortunate honor of doing in my day to day tasks and activities, I get to see many examples of teamwork on a daily basis. I frequently see excellent examples of teamwork from our team here at BPT. I also see so many other examples (outside of our office) where a group of individuals are working together in order to get a common task accomplished. Personally, I love being a part of the team and I love witnessing teamwork in action. I guess you can say that I am a team player and I want to experience any and all opportunities to be a part of a team.

By definition, teamwork is: “the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.”

During these past few weeks, I have seen teamwork in action in a somewhat different way, teamwork among our local governmental bodies. Most recently, I am talking about how our local governmental agencies have once again come together to work as one with regard to the horrific and historical (never seen before) flooding that took place in Bossier Parish starting on Tuesday night of last week. The Bossier Sheriff’s Office, the Bossier Parish Police Jury and the City of Bossier City (administration, police and fire) (and all associated entities/personnel from the agencies above) have all been working together (once again) non-stop and without rest in order to protect the citizens of Bossier Parish.

Slightly less than nine months after the historic Red River flooding that we experienced in the Spring/Summer of 2015, we once again find ourselves on the wrong side history when it comes to record levels of flooding. This time around, it is not the Red River (though by Tuesday March 15th, the river will have crested above it’s 30 ft. flood stage level… at almost 32 ft.).

For the March 2016 flood event, it is the surrounding tributaries (Red Chute Bayou, Flat River, Fifi Bayou, etc.) which are causing the major flooding problems. And since most of these tributaries empty into the Red River in one form or another, the flood stage level of the Red River is causing the water from the tributaries mentioned above to back up and not drain off. Also, lest we not forget Lake Bistineau and the folks affected by flooding there as well. Thus, we are not out of the woods yet – as there may be some more high water and flooding yet to take place in certain areas of Bossier Parish.

With all of this being said, I think a tremendous amount of applause and recognition should go out to all of those that have worked so tirelessly for nearly a week now in order to keep us all safe (and also to protect us) from these horrific conditions as much as possible.
Never let it be said that Bossier is not a caring community. I have heard stories of neighbors rescuing neighbors whom they don’t even know. And, I have heard of folks walking/wading through high waters in their neighborhoods in order to knock on the doors of complete strangers just to check on them and make sure that they are ok and that they have everything they need. I have also heard statements attesting to the fact that there are individuals and families that have donated ample amounts of clothing and other household goods to those who have lost so much. And in many cases, to those that have lost everything! I have also heard of some of our local churches who have become organized collection points for these items (including household furniture).

As a result of these repeated examples of the good nature and kind/helping heartedness of the citizens of Bossier Parish, it once again occurred to me a few days ago (as it does quite often) that we are most fortunate and truly blessed to live in such a caring and compassionate community. One of the reasons I think of our fortunate and blessed community so much is due to all of the wonderful examples of teamwork that I am honored to witness with a high degree of frequency in terms of the rate at which they occur. In other words, teamwork and good deeds happen quite often in Bossier Parish!!!

Again, seeing all of the teamwork and actions of those working for the safety and protection of the residents of Bossier Parish is a very rewarding and humbling experience. And, it is also an experience that I will remember for the rest of my days.
In witnessing all of this amazing teamwork (a Sheriff’s Department that is working during this event (and others) in every way imaginable from top to bottom in order to help our community through these troubling and hazardous situations, a Parish Police Jury that is so ultra-concerned and “on top of their game” in relation to the infrastructure and supporting levee systems necessary to protect our homes and neighborhoods from catastrophic damage and a city administration (city police and fire departments) reacting to ever changing conditions on a moments notice) I am most proud to be a part of this community!

And, it also makes it once again ever so evident that Bossier Parish is a great place to live!

Randy Brown is Publisher of the
Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at

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