Wake County firefighters, including some from Garner, are helping out our neighbors in western North Carolina, as they try to dodge flames from forest fires that have consumed thousands of acres of woodland and threaten homes and communities.
It may seem like western North Carolina is worlds away from here unless we’re intent on doing some skiing or some fall leaflooking. And, granted, the fire districts aren’t exactly contiguous. But helping out when you have the resources to do so is clearly the right thing to do. Garner residents can be proud of their fire department for helping out in this way.
Of course, Garner firefighters aren’t helping out for this reason, but it is almost a foregone conclusion that the day will come when we are the ones in need and we will rely on the kindness of firefighters from the far reaches of North Carolina who are willing to give of their time and talents to help us get out of a tight spot.
There is, of course, a certain fraternity among firefighters that causes them to want to help one another out and in times like these, we suspect those firefighters in North Carolina’s mountains are more than happy to have all the help they can get
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But there is much more to it than just helping out firefighters. The residents who live in the affected areas are facing a great deal of uncertainty, none of it of their own making. They are the real beneficiaries of the work Garner firefighters and other firefighters from across Wake County will do in our mountains.
Of course, for Garner residents, the kindness our firefighters are showing comes as no surprise. We’ve come to know them as goodhearted people who got into the fire service because they wanted a chance to help people. This is just one more way they get to put into practice the things they train for all year-round. And it’s in keeping with their spirit of community. We’ve come to expect no less out of them.