In recent weeks Imperial Valley firefighters have been incredibly busy, battling a number of house and apartment fires that have left many families displaced and some people fighting for their lives.
We applaud our local firefighters for their heroic efforts to save lives and homes. Firefighters put themselves on the line when they are called to structure fires and in the number of recent fires, firefighters have proven they are willing to do all it takes to battle fires — even risk their own lives.
Firefighters have come in for deserved praise in recent months in this country, and their actions in our area over the last few weeks have shown many firefighters truly are American heroes.
Case in point: Two El Centro firefighters ran into a burning house to try to save a 75-year-old woman who had succumbed to smoke. That the woman is alive today is completely the result of the firefighters' valiant efforts.