My hat is off to these brave men and women and this article is only to say Thank You for everything you do for this community we call home. While it may be their job and what they are paid to do, they do it because the care.

As I was pondering on what to write about this week, I started looking back over nearly three years we have been sharing these conversations.

When this idea of doing these weekly articles was discussed I developed a list of topics I could write about, and this list numbered 50 topics. At the time, this list appeared to be all encompassing and the thought of actually completing this seemed impossible. Since that original conversation, we have shared nearly three times that original list. How time flies.

A topic that didn’t make the original list or any subsequent list since looked at the life of a firefighter.

While sleeping early this morning, the “tones” went off, actually twice within a few minutes. The “tones” are exactly what the word implies but they are used to alert the firefighters of a call.

So as has happened more than 2,000 times this year, both Station 1 and Station 2 were alerted to two separate calls where their response was needed. Crews promptly got out of bed, jumped in their fire truck, and responded to their respective emergencies, all while most of the area unaware was sleeping .

This morning’s calls were nothing that will make the press, there were no heroic actions, they were run-of-the-mill calls that they run every day. So why write about this?

Every day we have a group of men and women in this area that report for duty. They leave their spouses and children and for 48 hours live at the firehouse. These men and women miss their children’s birthdays, Christmas mornings with presents under the tree, Easter egg hunts, anniversaries and so much more. It is simple to say but this is their job, it is what they are paid to do, but it is so much more than that.

It takes a special individual to be a firefighter, career or volunteer. The skills can be taught but the drive and dedication come from somewhere deep inside. They don’t look for recognition, and never expect to hear thank you. They come to work, they train, they teach, they respond when you call no matter the time or place, and most importantly they impact those they touch in a positive manner.

As we go into this holiday season, I want to ask you to remember these men and women. When your family gathers for Christmas, they are with their second family at the firehouse. When you celebrate the New Year, they are on duty for you if needed. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, they are there for you.

My hat is off to these brave men and women and this article is only to say Thank You for everything you do for this community we call home. While it may be their job and what they are paid to do, they do it because the care.

Wishing you each a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you in 2018.