When I first met the volunteers, the fact that I had no idea theysacrificed so much of there time to save lives, for no pay,and not evena thank you, was shocking. My ignorance about the volunteer fire andrescue station, just down the street from my house, made me wonder howmany others in my community, and around the world, do not know aboutthe amazing people.
It was not until I began to document them,and interact with them, did I come to understand one of Americasrichest and most dangerous traditions.
I was filming an autoaccident one day and saw something that changed my life. I saw a groupof volunteers remove a woman who was bleeding to death from a car shewas trapped in, and saved her life. That was the moment I wanted to putthe camera down and do something to help. That was the moment I knew Iwas ready to make the same sacrifices, to commit hundreds of hours totraining, and to stand ready when my community needs me. I was ready toleave my wife and kids at the dinner table, or in the dead of night, orduring birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas to go save someone I havenever met.
That moment changed my life forever. That was the moment I became a volunteer.
Ibelieve in these people so much, I made it my personal goal to makesure the world hears our story. To educate the public so that peoplewho were like me will have a better understanding of what these amazingpeople from all walks of life are willing to do for them.
Thevolunteers need your support. Yes, they need donations, and yes theyneed more members to survive. More importantly, they need to be
recognized for there courage, bravery and sacrifice.
Pleaseremember, when your local volunteer fire or rescue department knocks onyour door and asks for your support, you might not need them at thatmoment, but god forbid, there may come a day when you or your familyand friends will. Make sure your local volunteers are equipped and havewhat they need to pay the rent, buy protective gear and keep the tiresturning on the vehicles. Whether they have what they need or not, theywill come help you when you call, and they are ready to make theultimate sacrifice if necessary. Now, its time to return the favor.
God bless the Volunteers.