Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Today's Heroes!!!

I've been glued to FOX News and the coverage of the wildfires in California! My heart goes out to all the folks who have had to evacuate, often just ahead of the flames. So many of them are holed up in shelters, waiting to learn whether their homes and possessions have been destroyed. Yet when they're interviewed by the news reporters, invariably they're upbeat and optimistic about the future. They talk about their overwhelming gratitude to be alive and to be together as a family, and they always mention the firefighters!

So today I wanted to send a shout out to the California firefighters! Despite soaring temperatures and lack of sleep, they continue to work round the clock, putting their lives on the line time and time again. They're heroes in my book.

True story: A news clip last night showed a pile of photographs, family albums and other mementos the firefighters had pulled from a burning home. Covered with a thick plastic tarp and somehow skipped by the fickle flames, the items await a family who will eventually return to find their home destroyed. No doubt, the objects the firefighters saved will be treasured always.

If you've heard of a story, please share it with us. Know some special guys or gals you'd like to recognize from your local fire department? Leave a comment and tell us about them.

I'd like to thank the firefighters in Fayette County, Georgia, for all they do to keep us safe. They're the greatest! A special thank you goes to my nephew Nick, who's a firefighter in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Nick, we're proud of you!

It's almost time for the nightly news so I'm heading for the television to see the latest update, praying the end is in sight!

Wishing you abundant blessings!


PamelaTracy said...

We have lots of fires here in Arizona, and I'm always so struck by the families who state, even in their sorrow, that belongings can be replaced. Still, ever since Katrina, I've valued my home and the ground I walk on so much more. Very insightful post. Thank you.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pamelatracy! Thanks for stopping by. I lived in El Paso and in the Mojave -- dry, but we didn't have fires while I was there. But my hubby's from San Francisco--he was born there and grew up in Marin County--so he knows how easily fire can spread. I can't imagine the present devastation in CA . . . homes, businesses, everything gone. And yet people are looking to the future. Amazing!

Lisa Mondello said...

Amazing story, Deb. I hadn't heard that. I feel fortunate to live where I do. We don't have the fires here in NE like the west coast. I have a deep respect for fire fighters though. I live in a town that has a volunteer unit. (Yes, they do still exists.) These people live there lives knowing that a siren will go off at any time and they need to jump into action to save someone. We also don't have fire hydrants where I live, making it difficult to fight fires when they happen because they rely on a tanker of water. The fire fighters here have been known to tap into a nearby pond or pool if needed. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with the people in San Diego and the surrounding areas.