Over the past several weeks, our area firefighters have been kept busy as Mother Nature sent heavy rainfalls, which resulted in considerable area flooding.
Firefighters spent hours — day and night — pumping out basements, helping people from dangerous situations, taking calls about wires and trees down, etc. as flood waters flowed like rivers down some area streets. And for many firefighters, these additional duties came in the midst of their regular accident responses and fire calls.
There are also reports of area firefighters going the extra mile for residents, who, because of various health conditions, rely on a continuous power supply.
We applaud these men and women, along with their families. They are mostly volunteers who leave their homes, their families and sometimes their jobs to provide help and protection for us.
They really don't ask anything for themselves. What they request is help for their departments. Many volunteer departments are in need of financial assistance.
So, when your local fire company asks for a monetary donation or for a cake for a cake wheel at a firemen's fair or for the purchase of tickets for a fundraiser, consider what these volunteers have done for our communities.
They're not asking for themselves. They're asking for their communities.
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