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Firefighters. Another group of human beings who deserve the admiration of all of us. They are among the elite groups of individuals who risk their personal safety to help their fellow man. The volunteer firefighter does it for free, expecting no reward other than their neighbors to reciprocate when they themselves need help.

I have personally experienced a community coming together to fight grass fires in the Badlands of North Dakota. I have seen the devastation that is caused by a thoughtless act of one human being affecting a whole community, devastating and mutilating countless numbers of animals.

If everyone was to experience the feeling of being out there, the smoke burning your lungs, the heat, the soot and ashes clinging to your sweaty body, and the feeling of urgency to hold the fire from getting into the next draw. The absolute serenity of being out for more than 24 hours and it is now dark, there is no sound but for the crackling of burning wood. The landscape is black as pitch except for the many orange glows of fires still burning. You feel very alone then and almost get the feeling that you should expect the heavens to open and men on white horses to pour out.

The honest aid to another human and or their property takes a mindset every human being should possess. To do it without reward is the purest form of charity. Many don’t have that type of charity in them so they create a hostile environment and wear neckerchiefs across their faces because they know their cause is not an honorable one.

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Instill pride, honor and pure charity into your children and the world’s problems will be far fewer than they are at present. Selfless acts, not words, are the solution.

Jim Braun, Belfield

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