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At the end of a long week, giving thanks for my fellow volunteers

It's people that make up volunteer fire companies that make a difference every day, and we're all thankful that we're here for each other, every day of the year.

As we bring this week in November to a close, we've enjoyed and overindulged, shopped 'til we dropped, and celebrated the beginning of a festive time of year.

For me and all of my fellow volunteer firefighter brothers and sisters in the area, it's also been a time to decompress and reflect on what we have seen and done this past week.

Two major fires and a tragic crash in three days is an unusual occurrence.

We can't determine the schedule for our responses, so we do what is needed, when it's necessary. This week was taxing, both physically and emotionally for all involved.

The bottom line is the people. The trucks don't run, fire doesn't get extinguished quickly, trapped victims extricated, without the dedicated volunteer men and women who respond 24/7/365.

So I went through the week's pictures and pulled out shots of the people who were there, doing the job, working together for a common goal. You might recognize a co-worker or neighbor and not know that they are an active volunteer.

I don't know all of their names, but I know that when we need them, they come, and when they need us, we go. We don't all make them all, but we know we're all working as a team, existing as an extended family.

That's one of the things I'm thankful for every day.

 

“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice.”
 Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY 1899-1911

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jon soderberg November 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM
There is Nothin' Finer-
Joel Metzger November 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM
One of you guys saved my life once. Thanks!
Stephen White November 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Without a doubt, one of the greatest assets of all our communities, are the men and women who volunteer long hours of training and response to keep us all safe as our fire fighters! You are all the best!
Kris November 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
All of you do so much for our community and we are grateful for your dedication and hard work. Bless you all!
Lynda Mitchell November 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Don't forget to donate to these all volunteer forces! They need our financial support in order to keep their training and equipment ready to go for us! Thanks to the ladies and men who volunteer their time to our community.

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