To start this year there have been political attacks launched at first responders and a city hall crackdown that's still under way.
Front line workers have also been confronted increased pandemic risk as local COVID-19 numbers continue to soar.
Still, the rank & file answer the call to help those in need.
Accordingly, and with help from our TKC readers, here's a story that was tragically overlooked amid the politically charged news cycle . . . Check-it . . .
"Kansas City firefighters from stations 18, 17 and 35, rescued four children yesterday at the 3700 block of Askew yesterday. Zero coverage in the media."
What's important here for Sunday night . . . As the newspaper plays up racial divisions and political disputes, lifesaving KCFD work to save the residents of the urban core contradicts the mainstream narrative and proves that people from across the entire spectrum of Kansas City are more than willing to sacrifice in order to help one another.