Thank you volunteer firefighters for stepping up

By: 
David Keyes
Laurel Outlook Publisher

Thank Benjamin Franklin for the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.
Because of Mr. Franklin’s organizational skills, America’s first volunteer fire department was formed in Philadelphia in 1733.
He would have to be impressed with the professionalism and dedication of our local volunteers – especially during the past few weeks.
Everybody is aware of the severe fire danger that surrounds us now. Just driving down I-90 a person can’t help but notice the charred remains of fires that were started in the medians. Pretty sure those little fires would have become bigger fires if it wasn’t for firefighters.
All a person has to do is listen to the dispatch scanner – like we do at the Outlook – to get an idea of what kind of responsibility our volunteers carry.
Just in the past few days, Laurel volunteer firefighters have assisted on fires from near Roundup to near Columbus. In the meantime, they have responded to the usual number of medical and other calls in Laurel and who will forget the call on Monday of man driving into the South Pond?
They have to be ready for anything, anywhere at anytime.
The rest of summer is supposed to remain hot and dry so the fire calls aren’t going to slow down.
Thank you is something that we don’t say enough and it falls short of expressing our appreciation for the men and women who spring out of bed in the dead of night to help a neighbor. What else can you say but thanks to our friends and neighbors who go through extensive training to protect all of us?
Firefighting is a dangerous job and the threat of injury or death is real on any call. Even driving to a fire in a fire truck can be dangerous.
Ben Franklin was on to something when he realized the power of volunteerism and community. While he could not imagine the scope of what the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department does in modern America, we are pretty sure he would be impressed.
Many folks don’t know this but Laurel has the largest volunteer fire department in Montana. Not quite sure how it is connected, but it can’t be a coincidence that Laurel has the largest and best fireworks display in the state as well.
It is also heartening to see new life in the Firefighters Memorial. There is no place in Montana better suited than Laurel to be the home of a memorial that will soon honor long-term firefighters as well as those who have died in service.
Thank you to all the firefighters who make our lives safer. Ben Franklin would be proud as are your neighbors and friends.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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