Just as they did on Sept. 11, they are the people walking toward the danger, even as everyone else is trying desperately to get away.
We take a moment today to note something that took place over the weekend.
It was a fundraiser for two local volunteer fire departments.
There are several important things to note here.
One, these volunteers are becoming something of a rare species. People just don't volunteer or take part in service to their community as they once did.
Two, if municipalities had to institute paid emergency services, tax bills would skyrocket.
Forget 9/11 for a moment. Think about this the next time you hear that fire whistle go off at 3 in the morning.
Before you roll over in bed, take time to be thankful that someone is still answering the alarm.
You can read our editorial here.