Firefighters work around the clock, deserve thanks

Happy spring from Barbour County! It sure is nice to hear the birds singing. I even thought that I heard the “spring peepers” one night. I’m looking forward to all of this mud drying up.

I think at one point in their life, every little boy (and even some girls) want to be a fireman when they grow up. What is a fireman? Firemen are dads, husbands, sons and grandfathers. Firemen are bus drivers, mechanics, students, state road workers, utility workers, city employees. Firemen are our friends. In Barbour County, firemen are also volunteers.

A couple of weeks ago, a garage on the Talbott Road caught on fire. Within minutes, firemen were on scene. This was no ordinary fire. It did not take minutes to put out. This fire did not go out in a few hours. It took 10 days!

During these 10 days, firemen were on scene around the clock. That’s dedication! Why do they do it? Do they get paid a lot of money? No. Is it just because it’s “cool” to ride in a fire truck? Maybe because they might get their picture in the paper? No. It’s because they care about their community.

For every fire call they go on, every car wreck, every time someone needs help, they are helping someone else’s brother, father, mother, wife, son, friend. They help each other.

Accidents happen at supper time, work time, anytime. How many firemen miss a meal, a work shift, or a son’s or daughter’s ball game to help someone in need?

The next time you see those red lights and hear a siren, not only pull over to let them pass, but also say a prayer. Next time they go to help someone, it could be you.

So, I would just like to say a big “thank you” to all those firemen in Barbour County. You are appreciated.

There will be a spaghetti benefit for Johnny Sisolack on March 30 from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Talbott Community Building. The cost for adults is $5 plus a tool of any kind. This is to help rebuild what was lost in the fire and to show him support from the community.

There will be an Easter King and Queen Pageant at the Belington Fire Department on March 23 at 6 p.m. There will also be a cakewalk during this time. Barbour County schools will be having spring break April 1-5. I’m sure that students and teachers alike are looking forward to this time.

Thanks to all who are supporting middle school sports in Barbour County. Nick Mayle will be starting his walk from Philippi to Canton, Ohio on April 1. We wish you all the best!

Easter is the last Sunday in March. If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see in the Inter-Mountain, give me a call at 823-2539.

Until next time, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:6.