May 7, 2008

Answering the Call

Heroes are found in our world everyday. Sometimes we read about them serving overseas, sometimes they are the policemen on the street, and every once in awhile, they are the firemen we meet answering our call for help. This was the case for my sister-in-law and her family.

The call to come home was urgent. Their home was on fire. Smoke everywhere, flames, blown out windows. Not only were they in shock, but a little girl's hopes were crushed. Everyone was safe, thank God, but she had a very special dress inside waiting to be worn for tomorrow's event at church. One brave fireman had a heart of gold for my neice. Hearing her cry of disappointment, he rushed back into the house returning with her prized possession. It was a little smoky but still in one piece.

In the midst of the shock and grief, one small girl and her family are very thankful for this hero who made a difference. Not only did all these fire fighters save their house, they showed once again what it means to serve the people around them- with all their hearts.

(Photograph copyright Ken Chen.)

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