This past week was National Fire Prevention Week - a week set aside to honor our firefighters and review fire safety procedures.
Sponsored annually by the National Fire Protection Association, this year's theme was "Protect Your Family from Fire." The week that contains Oct. 9 is set aside annually in the United States to observe fire prevention week. What's significant about Oct. 9? That date is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.
Also in October we observe Fallen Firefighters Weekend and National Firefighters Appreciation month.
If this seems like a lot of attention being paid to firefighters, it is because they deserve our praise and gratitude for all of their selfless acts.
In Columbiana County, most of our firefighters are volunteers, which means they get paid very little or nothing for responding to citizens' emergencies. Most of them have other jobs, but they drop what they are doing without question every time the alarm summons them.
If you haven't thanked a firefighter lately, this month would be a good time to do so. To help recognize our local firefighters for the heroic acts they perform nearly every day, the Morning Journal, in conjunction with our sister publications in Columbiana County - the Salem News and The Review - is preparing a special section to honor local firefighters. If you are a local firefighter and your department has been contacted by one of our newspapers, be sure you get your photos and information to us to be included in the edition scheduled to be published later this month.
We applaud all of the efforts of firefighters and pray that they are kept safe during their efforts to protect our lives and property.