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Voice: A time to think of and thank firefighters

October 09, 2001

We may never understand the value of a person until we lose the individual through death. Such was the case of Tuesday, Sept. 11 in New York City.

Not only was there a lot of damage done in that city, but a lot of people as well as firefighters lost their lives. Some of the brave firefighters lost their lives in order to save the lives of others. Up to this day many of the firefighters are on the "missing" list.

When there is a fire that cannot be controlled by the firefighters in a certain city, other firefighters from around the area join in and help out. We have heard of such cases in many areas of our valley, state and nation. Firefighters are a group of family helping each other to extinguish fires.

Firefighters are always available to help others in need. Not only do they extinguish fires, they also provide medical service. They are a group of very caring, helpful and kind people.

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After the tragedy of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, let us show our appreciation to our city firefighters. Let the week of Oct. 7-13, which is Fire Prevention Week, be one that we can thank our city firefighters for the excellent service they provide for us.

MARY RYAN

El Centro

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