Working in Danger

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

Iraq is a dangerous place for civilian workers. They've become targets for Iraqi insurgents. But despite the risks, many workers believe the big paychecks are worth taking chances.

In Boston, the Democratic National Convention has begun and soon, all eyes and ears will be on Senator John Kerry; it’s his latest message on television causing a stir here at home.

In his political ad, Kerry says, “We shouldn't be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them down in our own communities."

Jennifer Watson of Freeport says she has reason to be concerned. Her husband Jimmie works in Baghdad as the American fire chief for Iraq.

"When you single out a certain area that's hostile in itself and now you’re dealing with firehouses, he didn't mention police and anything he mentioned firehouses. To me that's an open target.

It just hit home to my heart when he mentioned Baghdad and Jim’s in the center of Baghdad doing the exact job that he specifically talked about."

Watson understands that some might feel she's overreacting. But she disagrees.

I'm sure people that had families that lost their head probably though the same thing. Nothing’s going to happen to their loved ones.

Ray Padgett of the Walton County democrats says he can't speak for John Kerry but he believes the senator would be more likely to get her husband out alive than the current administration.

Watson says she plans to meet her husband in New Zealand this fall, where they'll decided if he should continue to work in Iraq.

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