Catskilldog, Tonya and all..
I just got a call from the wife of one of my fallers. She was almost in tears because she hadn’t heard from her husband in four days. She said he usually calls her everyday and she was worried sick. I was able to calm her by filling her in on the fire, its location, the fact that he had been assigned to a spike camp in which there obviously was no cell service nor land line. I told her about the fuel, the acreage, etc. I tried to answer the questions that she asked me. It wasn’t so much the information that comforted her, it was being able to tell me she loved and missed her husband. I assured her if anything were to happen I would be contacted immediately…and in turn, I would contact her.
That’s the inherent value of “Family Said” (kudos Ab). It’s not so much in the specifics of what is said, but the fact we can all come here. That those new to this world can vent and ask, and rant, if necessary. Really, we’re all in this together. Just like the FF out on the line, this is our form of “watching each other’s back.”
So, you lurkers….come on in. Like Sammi said, we’re here to support one another. Your post doesn’t have to be “perfect” or “witty” or specifically informative.