Since this is the week of Thanksgiving ~ I want to share something each day this week with all of you, for which I am thankful. (I will try my very best to keep up every day as planned, but you know how sometimes, life just throws a curve-ball `atcha.) But, my plan is to list at least one thing, each day this week, that I am thankful for.
First thing that comes to my mind is our city's fire and rescue dept. My brother was employed by our city as a firefighter and paramedic for about 20 years, and is still involved with them. You see, there is something I've learned, being the sister of a firefighter and good friends with many of them: This career they chose goes far beyond putting in a day's work, and looking forward to that paycheck. It's in their blood. It isn't a career move, it's a calling. They are not just, *friends* they are *brothers* In the above picture, is a photo of our recently retired fire chief, John Cochran, who has been a part of our family for as many years as I can remember. I remember the old police car that he used as his first EMS vehicle, sitting in his drive, a few houses up from ours. I remember seeing the red lights flashing at a moments notice, and knowing that he was off to rescue someone. Being a little girl, I sometimes imagined, "maybe he's going to rescue someone's cat from a tree, or maybe even from a burning house!" If I remember correctly, I believe there have been a few cases, they really did rescue a few pets. I remember my brother used to walk over to Chief's house in the evenings when he was a young man, and they would have a chat. I don't know wht they talked about, but I think that probably Chief played a big role in inspiring Randy to be a firefighter. All the kids in the neighborhood looked up to him. I know I did, and I still do. Let me take this time to encourage each of you to take a moment this week to let your local firefighters know how much you appreciate them. Maybe, take them a pumpkin pie or something, just to say, "thank you!" :)
::photos used on this page are from our hometown newsletter::