In Honor and Tribute
to Firefighters, Police, Medical Personnel
& All who give of themselves, opening heart and home
What happens to community when there’s a crisis? We humans come together!
October 9, 2017, fire broke out near where I live. It became multiple fires and spread very quickly due to the fierceness of the winds.
People died (we don’t know how many yet); more than 3,000 homes and businesses were burnt to the ground; many more people were and have been displaced and evacuated to evacuation centers, to friends and family homes, hotels/motels, anywhere people could find a safe place to bring themselves and their beloved animals.
People woken abruptly in the middle of the night, groggy and disoriented, having to flee from the fire with nothing but the clothes they wore, not knowing if they would return to a home or to ashes. Not knowing if they would make it out alive.
Neighbors and strangers knocking on doors to get people out of their homes and safe.
Smoke filled the air for miles around as the fire raged and burned, carrying small particles of the structures that were burning, making it dangerous to breathe, to be outside or even open windows and doors.
Help and welcome has been everywhere and abundant. So much so there were signs saying, No More Donations Please. So so many people pitching in to help strangers who needed it; to help one another. Strong, incredible leadership. So much kindness.
What a world we live in. One day people are hating on each other, the next they’re diving in to save a life.