Not just because they put out fires. But because of all the little things they do that most people overlook or just don't know they do.
The week before Christmas Alan and I were doing our usual nightly routines. Alan was in the kitchen and I was cleaning up toys. The babies were fast asleep in bed. We then hear a siren going off and it sounded like it was getting closer. Now I will admit I am nosy (I must get that from my Mom) so I went out front to see what was going on. Now a few months ago we had a similar thing happen where sirens were going off and the whole neighborhood came out. They were welcoming home a soldier from Iraq. I thought that was pretty cool that they would do something like that because they deserve a welcome like that. I thought maybe this was the same thing which would be awesome. A soldier coming home so close to Christmas would be a great gift for some family.
Nope I was wrong. I looked out my front door and I saw a firetruck all decked out in Christmas lights. Santa had come to my neighborhood! He was getting pictures with all the kids and handing out candy. It was awesome that they would do something like that. I can't wait till my kids are old enough to stay up to see that.
So make sure you thank a fireman today. I don't think they get all the credit that they deserve for all the little things they do. Not only do they put out fires (which is a pretty cool thing in and of itself) but they do great things for their community too.