Recently there were some truly unkind words spoken against the brave firefighters of our area. Some understanding is given to those in tragic circumstances. Waiting on help during an emergency, seconds drag on like hours. I am not discounting the emotional strain or personality of the person who gave the interview.
My heart lies with those volunteers who deserve so much more than they get. My husband is a third generation fireman as is my nephew who just graduated. My brother-in-law, sister, cousin and many friends all serve in the emergency service world.
They volunteer- that means no pay. There are training hours that must be maintained when not working their "real jobs." Not to mention how many uneaten meals, holidays, cold dark nights and suffering hot afternoons have been spent helping those in need.
Do you know where your local fire department is? Time the drive there from your house one day. Then drive to a volunteer firefighter's house, workplace or errand running area. How long did it take? That gives you an idea of response time.
Let me end this by saying most fire departments will accept new volunteers. They appreciate your support at their fund-raisers. Say thank you next time you see one at the store.
I don't want these brave individuals discouraged by one newspaper article. They deserve more than we can ever give them. This is my small way of giving respect and saying thanks.