Search and Rescue and the people that do.

Search and Rescue and those that do.

Why is it that anytime I talk to others about the Search and Rescue I do, I get these responses: "YOU DO THAT FOR FREE", "I WOULDN'T DO THAT FOR FREE", "WOW THEY SHOULD PAY YOU FOR THAT". I find myself thinking: To me donating my free time, running for hours without sleep, and using my last dime to get there is no big deal. Glad to help!!

Anyways, I have found that those of us that do these thankless jobs do it not for any praise, we do it because we care about others and our communities. We do it from the heart and need no thanks. We are not rich, we don't have expensive homes and most of us are struggling just to keep the power on (myself included). We do the jobs (some nastier then others) that most people won't do. We are a rare breed and I am honored to be apart of it. So to those of you, like me, that give up your free time, your family holiday gathering, sleep and time from work to get out there and help those in need, you are a rare breed. You never look the other way when someone needs help. You never think twice to jump right in and give it your all. I just wish there were more like us in our communites. Why would someone need pay to do something they enjoy so much. Do you get paid to do the things you love?

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Comment by Donald Haase on September 17, 2007 at 3:03pm
Thats right girl aslong as u like helping people then u do what u want to i donat tons of free time to.Hugs
Comment by Murdock49 on July 26, 2007 at 10:24pm
That's ok. You keeping doing what your doing!!! Non-vollies will probably never understand, but the award, no matter how undervalued paid responders believe, is truly priceless to us vollies and more importantly greatly valued by the people who need us. It was never about the money!!!
Comment by Lawrence W on July 26, 2007 at 8:38pm
I do get paid to do the things I Love! I am a fortunate man. However, in my spare time, I do give of my time to provide a service to complete strangers. It is what I do, It is what I Love.

I oftentimes get the same types of questions, as many of us here do. My favorite response is to invite them to the local volunteer fire department to give things a try. One ride-along with the fire company and most will either love it, or hate it! Fortunately, more love it than hate it.

To be a volunteer is either in you, or it isn't. Some people just don't have it in them, and that is ok. Others, such as myself, have found a career doing what they love to do. these are a fortunate bunch of folks. This is not unique to the fire service. There are folks that love to be doctors, or lawyers, or cashiers at the local 7-11. Everyone has to make a living somehow, and getting paid to do what you love to do makes you, not greedy or selfish, but a fortunate person.

I don't believe for a minute that people "need" to be paid for what they love, for some, its a bonus. Some folks hear the alarm clock go off and all they can think is "Bummer! Another day at work!" If you can wake up and think "Today is another day I get to go to a job that I love!" then you are truly fortunate.


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