Volunteer firefighters: Service & a lot more
For the past several weeks, local volunteer firefighters have battled not only fires but Mother Nature as well. Yet through snowstorms and subfreezing temperatures, they consistently rose to the challenges they faced.
We commend our local volunteers, who dedicate their time and energy to protect others. These men and women answer emergency calls day and night — and expect nothing in return.
Keep in mind, as well, that community firefighters do considerably more than just fight fires. They respond to vehicle accidents, direct traffic and help rescue victims trapped in vehicles. They deliver babies, help with flood control and even rescue our pets.
Here in Connellsville, members of our local department, New Haven Hose, organize the popular Halloween parade and put out American flags that line our streets on Election Day and on holidays. It's easy enough to spot their good works, which underscore members' commitment to community service.
The work of our volunteer firefighters — who leave the comfort of their warm homes on snowy winter days — saves lives and properties. We see the pride in their service — and the anguish on their faces when tragedies unfold.
Too often we take for granted these men and women. Yet with each emergency call, they put their lives on the line.
What better way to show our appreciation than to simply take a moment to tell them thanks and financially support their efforts.
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