Back in the fall of 1992, a friend of mine who was with Devola Volunteer Fire Co., asked me if I would be interested in joining the department. I said I never really gave it much thought before, but I might be interested. Twenty years later I have seen things I never thought I would experience, been on calls that have stayed with me since the day they occurred, been on multiple fires, car accidents, squad calls, downed power lines and so on. I have held just about every position in the department, some more than once. I have seen good times and, most certainly, bad ones. And through it all I knew I was helping my community. I was protecting my neighbors, their homes, my family and theirs as well.