Warm praise

Warm praise The setback we experienced was a house fire. The reason I'm writing this letter is Whitehorse residents should be proud of our great fire department. In only five minutes our brand new house would have been completely engulfed and we would

The setback we experienced was a house fire.

The reason I’m writing this letter is Whitehorse residents should be proud of our great fire department.

In only five minutes our brand new house would have been completely engulfed and we would have lost everything. When I arrived home there were 12 firefighters, two emergency personnel and an RCMP officer; everyone had a role to play in saving our home.

Their first concern was to contain this fire and prevent it from spreading to the attic and second floor, to rescue our very scared cat.

Words cannot express what you professionals did for me and my partner. A house is replaceable but personal property, like photo albums and pets are not. Everyone at this fire had a special purpose, it was like a military-executed operation. We were constantly updated as to their next move, the fire was knocked down quickly, then they had to search out all hot spots. The team removed our pictures from the walls and moved furniture from one room to another before hosing the room down. All our clothes were also removed to prevent smoke damage, and the remaining furniture was covered with tarps.

Anyone out there who thinks these professional firemen don’t deserve a raise, just talk to me or watch them the next time they respond to your neighbour’s, or worse still, your house. I promise you, you will change your mind.

A special thanks goes out to the families who have to worry when dad or mom will be home and wonder whether they are safe. These professionals were at my fire all night long in 25 below zero.

Think about this before you deny them what they so richly deserve.

Bud and Lori Reynolds

Whitehorse