This photo was taken by Erika Lasater last January, during a training exercise. Like many other programs around us, our small town fire department is created from volunteers. I’m humbled by these people who willingly risk their lives, their sleep, and their time for their community because they want to.
These volunteers are neighbors and friends and family. There are not many of them, but they play an important role. These wonderful souls are not just people who watch the homecoming bonfires, throw candy during parades, or manage a booth at Pendleton Round-Up. These are individuals who care in a way most of us can only imagine. They are a blessing. They are a pyre of blessings!