Knightdale police and firefighters have traveled to the east to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. Now Knightdale firefighters are joining their colleagues from Zebulon and other Wake County towns to head west in an effort to snuff out large forest fires that have now consumed thousands of acres of woodlands.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people in a service business like a fire department or police department would step up to the plate – along with members of the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce we might add – to help others in need in distant places. It just seems to be in the DNA of those folks to go where the action is.
Their efforts mirror smaller, less visible, efforts by local students and others to help where there is a need.
There is no tangible incentive for people in these parts to help strangers in North Carolina’s mountains or Coastal Plains. But it is the right thing to do and it follows the biblical admonition to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The time will come, we can promise you, when we will find ourselves in need of the kindness of strangers right here in eastern Wake County. It strikes us that folks who are now getting help from eastern Wake County residents will recall that time in 2016 when this region stepped up to help them. And they will hopefully want to return the favor.
That kind of giving spirit is part of what makes us proud to be part of the eastern Wake County community.