The word “gratitude” means “a thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received” among other things. I invite the public to show their gratitude to their respective Fire Departments and for their volunteers who come when the alarm is sounded for help. The workers are hearing that alarm too often with the drought that this area is experiencing. The public needs to be diligent- careful – and look for signs of possible fires. The sooner that they can be reported; the quicker the damage can be contained.In particular, the landowners of the surrounding acres to the June 4th-5th fire off Highway 377, west of Streeter, say “Thank You” and extend their “Gratitude” to ALL of the Volunteers with the many Fire Departments that responded those days and for the Texas Forest Service who joined the workers on the 5th. It took a lot of work to keep the flames from traveling any farther then they did.When you have never experienced a fire’s devastation, you are shocked to see God’s beautiful creation burned to a crisp. In some places, it looks like an actual war zone.Continue to pray for rain and to say “thank you” for all emergency volunteers.