A Salute to Our Unrecognized Heroes

California is ablaze annually with numerous major wildfires. The television news can look like an adventure movie; tanker planes and water dropping helicopters swooping across the TV screen making daring water drops. Soot smeared, exhausted fire fighters beg off doing interviews in search of rest and refreshment. Uniformed commanders make public statements alluding to the brave and heroic men and women who are risking personal injury and possible loss of life in fighting the fierce and raging fires.
Tragically, this is not an adventure movie; it is real. Real people are flying the tankers and helicopters. Real people are operating bulldozers, manning fire trucks, working with pick axes and shovels, straining body and spirit while performing the duties of their occupation.