Also, sixteen years ago, my ex and I had a house fire and lost everything but clothes and furniture from one end of the house.
I have a whole hell of a lot of respect for firefighters. I saw my garage enveloped in flames that January night in 1995. I can't imagine running INTO a fire. Pure courage. The word "hero" just doesn't seem adequate. And to think there are people who do this as volunteers? It's not even their paid profession, but they risk their lives to save ours.
To all firefighters, volunteer or professional: