And this should surely be doubly true for anybody whose job is to save lives.
Until recently firefighters were routinely assaulted while working in Glasgow.
For years this newspaper has highlighted this often bizarre and always offensively stupid crime.
We have also used our campaigns such as Streets Ahead to show just how much our Fire and Rescue Service does for our community.
Firefighters themselves deserve credit for engaging with those who may be tempted to attack them.
Many of the attacks in the past have been carried out by young people who don't fully realise the gravity of their crime.
That appears to be changing.
We are seeing the number of attacks on our brave firefighters decline, year on year.
There were 38 such events in 2012-13 in the old Strathclyde area.
That is down two-thirds in just two years. The figure is still far too high, of course.
But we must all hope that it is a sign that the tide is turning against those who target our emergency service workers.
We take it for granted that when we dial 999 somebody will come.
Well, those that do come to our rescue should be able to take it for granted they won't be attacked.