Del. Governor honors local wildland firefighters
DOVER, Del. – 40 firefighters were honored on Wednesday at Legislative Hall for risking their lives fighting wildfires across the country.
Gov.John Carney and a handful of local legislators took the time to thank and honor all the men and woman for their service. These firefighters make up Delaware’s Wildland Fire program that sends two groups of 20 firemen to some of the most dangerous fires in the country.
This year they battled brutal fires in northern Idaho, California and Colorado. It’s a tough task but one they say they wouldn’t change for anything.
“It’s always a matter of giving, not as much given back. A lot of people out there need our help and if we don’t do it who’s going to do it?And as we saw this year in California, when resources are at the minimum a lot of bad things can happen,” explains Millsboro firefighter Scott Veasy.
Veasy, who’s a 13 year member of the Del. wildland fire program says for him and many others, it’s become a hobby and one they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.