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To the editor: I am currently serving in Iraq with KBR supporting the U.S. military as a paramedic stationed on Korean Village near Rutbah, Iraq.
On Feb. 10, a call for help was made because there was a woods fire in Ash.
My home was at risk of being involved if it were not for the quick response of the local volunteer fire departments and the N.C. Forestry Service.
My wife called me in a state of panic due because she could see the fire coming and there was nothing she could do about it.
Being 10,000 miles from home, I was at best fearful for the place my family calls home. She was grabbing some pictures that were irreplaceable when the cavalry arrived in the form of the fire departments and forestry service.
I know at least three departments were involved in this response. I have no way of knowing who actually responded, but would like the opportunity to thank all that were involved.
It is a weak feeling knowing your family is facing such a tragedy, and you are not there to help or even soften the blow if such a thing were to occur.
It is a great feeling to know our community and the guys in the forestry service were willing to give of their time to help.
I grew up in the fire department and have been involved in fire and rescue for more that 20 years. I really appreciate and am proud to be a part of the fraternity of individuals we call first responders.
If it were not for them, there may have been a much worse outcome for my family and me.
Please forward a heart felt thanks to the unselfish folks who were so quick to come to a call for help. My prayers are with you all, and keep safe!