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Firefighters And Their Sacrifice They Make Each and Every Day

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Watching L A County Fire Chief Daryl Osby talk about the death of 21 year old Kevin Woyjeck was a reminder. Woyjeck was one of three Southern Californians killed in the Arizona wildfire yesterday—a member of a Hot Shot team that is dropped into the most dangerous zones of a wildfire.  Chris MacKenzie and Billy Warneke, both from Hemet, were his teammates. So young, all of them.

I have been on many fire lines over thirty-plus years—felt the heat, choked on the smoke but of course never remotely put myself in the kind of danger that these brave firefighters do routinely. You would think that because I have been around this breed so much, interviewed them, watched them up close, that I would be all the more appreciative of what they do. But I take them for granted like, I'm guessing, most of you.

Maybe it's because fire fighters are the last guys who seek attention or want the glory and so we accept their humility and don't remember to say thank you. Hell, one of my best buddies rose up through the ranks and retired a Division Chief and yet have I remembered to thank him? Nah.  So for all of us who didn't know Kevin or Chris or Billy personally maybe we can make a note to reach out a hand and say hi to the guys in our local fire station. And when I shake those hands I'm going to say thank you.

One of my favorite expressions is, "we're all in this together". But when it comes to fires, we're not. We evacuate. They stay. And as the 19 deaths in Arizona sadly make clear, they sacrifice.

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