Today is a tough day for the fire service. My heart hurts for the Brothers from the West, Tx Fire Department. And I can't help but think about the rural small town firefighters across the nation. These guys are trained to the same level as career guys, but they choose to take time away from their families and serve their communities dilligently, simply because they care. Undoubtedly, these guys kn...ew what happened 66 years ago in Texas City. I'm sure those guys had preplanned and inspected that plant many times. They knew the dangers that they would potentially face in a "worst case scenario," yet they still responded from the safety of their homes to the imminent dangers that awaited them. And I'm sure that hundreds of civilains are alive right now because of their bravery and sacrifice. So the next time you see that "redneck with his four-way flashers on" come driving by, remember the sacrifices that these brave men and women make every day to keep you safe. I'm thankful to live in a small town, not much different from West, Tx, where our community is protected and served by volunteers. Thank you guys for all you do.