Have you hugged a volunteer today?

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By Kathy Nelson
(Reprinted from the Topic, April 21, 1988)

HELP WANTED: Volunteers. Training required, dedication a must. Pay is low or nothing at all. Applicants must be strong of heart, clear of mind, thick of skin.

Given the job description, it’s a wonder anyone wants the job. And yet where would our communities be without volunteers? When the fire siren screams the person who makes the call knows that the firemen will drop their own work and rush to their aid. They might return hours later, sootyfaced and weary from fighting a grass fire. Even if they’re angry to learn that a fire was caused by carelessness or even arson, they’ll answer the next call when it comes because that’s what the job of a volunteer fireman is all about. Their only pay is our thanks and a few dollars in an envelope at the end of the year.

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