One thing that comes with the drought is the wildfires. President Obama has finally considered many counties in Texas and New Mexico disaster areas. Volunteer firefighters have been working 24/7 to get towns out of danger. Wildlife has been spotted coming up to the urban areas to get food and water because their homes are gone.
My heart goes out to the firefighters. Most of the men and women who are out fighting the fires are volunteer. Regardless of if they are paid or not, it's tough work. They are unsung heroes who are out there doing it out of the goodness of their heart. I've always been a fan of everyday people going out and doing extraordinary things. Firefighters, cops, EMS, military... they all hold a special place in my heart. One thing we tend to forget about is that these volunteer firefighters also have day jobs they have to work at and then go fight the fires after they put in a full day wherever they work. That takes my respect for them to a much higher level.
My father was a volunteer firefighter for 20+ years and he is now a paramedic. I've grown up around it and around the men and women who devote their time to it. These people are a unique bunch as well. Most people I know do it because they like helping people. They don't want any flashy shows or attention. The job becomes them. It's who they are.
A quote from the movie Backdraft comes to mind: