Fire of ’87 – Thirty Year Anniversary

In 1987, on Halloween Day, our house caught on fire.  I was 14 when this happened.  It’s one of those events that you remember for the rest of your life.

Every year I do something to commemorate the Fire of ’87.  In the past, I wrote about what caused the fire, the destruction caused by the fire, and my feelings at the time of the fire.  However, this year I want to write about something different.  I want to write about the volunteer fire department that did the best they could to save as much of the house as possible.

At the time, we lived in East Limestone, Alabama.  East Limestone is an unincorporated community, which means there is no city fire department.

Community fire department, like the one in East Limestone, is staffed by volunteers.  The fire department also relies on donations or fund raisers to purchase all needed equipment and to train the volunteers.

The fire fighters that came to our house that day, had jobs and family responsibilities.   They had busy schedules just like everyone else.  However, they willing gave of their time and risked their lives to help us.

This year I want to say thank you to all the volunteer fire fighters that work diligently to save lives and protect their communities.