For some years now I’ve been invited to the fireworks staging area to lead the prayer for the guys and gals who head into danger to light the fuses. Then it’s time to watch one of the biggest, most simultaneous explosions, enduring displays in the State of NC from one of the tiniest towns in NC from just far away enough not to wear protective gear. It’s a privilege to be associated with these ever so friendly guys and gals.
They get $3,000.00 for their efforts. They always put it right back in to more fireworks. Our supplier gives them not only that, but a lot more after that for free as he thinks that’s really cool.
They’re kind of embattled, however, in this edging on bankruptcy town. They sooo need a new firetruck. They sooo need new safety equipment. I wish I knew some politician in government who was himself or herself in a volunteer fire department and who knows what it’s like to do more with less until you’re doing everything with nothing. Our VFD works miracles day to day. But there’s all politics with money, of course. If you get something from someone then whatever other program is cancelled, blah blah blah. We need a comprehensive overhaul and get the powers that be to go along with it.