“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” — Billy Graham
“Only the Brave” is the name of a recently released movie about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who became one of the most elite fighting teams in the country. These guys ran toward the danger, never flinching. They took care of each other, forming a unique brotherhood faithfully bonding together. Their mission: to protect families and communities from nature’s elements out of control. Their specialty — raging forest fires engulfing mountains and all terrain in its path.
On June 30, 2013 a fire ignited by lightning became like a mammoth tidal wave of flames rolling over all in its path. It was erratic and spread fast. One brutal fire too many that resulted in 20 going in strong to the source, digging in as they had so many times before. It was the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona. However, this time 20 had gone in and only one came out.
In reflection, I do believe that fire and rescue require courage like no other. Certainly, our military and police are put in dangerous situations that demands the ultimate in courage and sacrifice. But in fire and rescue, virtually every call you can expect some danger, some carnage whether it’s a horrible accident, deadly shooting or raging wild fires. It’s their job.
To all the brave men and women that serve our fire, rescue and EMS, I hope you know how much you’re appreciated. Take care and God bless. Take a moment and see the movie.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9