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12/27/05-Tyler

Volunteer Firefighters Answer The Call Of Duty

When fires ignite in a rural area, volunteer firefighters are the ones to answer the call. Smith County volunteer firemen responded to 23 grass fires yesterday.

For firemen like Keith Newburn, that means leaving their day job. He works for Reynolds/Kay Construction. For the last fifteen years, he's also been a volunteer with the Bullard Fire Department. Currently, he serves as fire chief. He says the last few days have been hectic, but for him, fighting fires is a family tradition.

"I am third generation. My father was a volunteer firefighter. My grandfather was a firefighter. I have a son, I have two sons, actually, that followed in my footsteps to be volunteer firefighters. When I was young, it kind of dawned on me that I wanted to do that because my father, and my grandfather did it. So, it's just, it's in my blood. It's hard to get rid of it," Newburn said.

Keith Newburn says the fire conditions in East Texas right now are some of the worst he's ever seen. Since Friday, over 1100 acres of land has burned in Bullard. Mr. Newburn says that's more than double the amount they have in an average year.

Lindsay  Wilcox, reporting. lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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