Celebrating Our Brave Volunteer Firefighters

Parade Firefighters CoverAmerica’s birthday is just around the corner.

And what better way to celebrate than by honoring everyday Americans who volunteer to risk their lives, for no pay, to protect their communities?

My latest article, available this weekend in PARADE magazine, focuses on something uniquely American — volunteer firefighters.

Most people don’t realize it, but 75% of all firefighters in America are volunteers.

And few things reflect — and support — individual American communities more than volunteer fire departments.

Peter in his firefighter gearIt also might surprise you to learn who’s been — and who still is — a volunteer firefighter…including yours truly!

Photo by Mark Wexler

So check out the July 4th weekend edition of PARADE magazine, available in most major newspapers, to read Peter’s true tales of some of America’s bravest men and women.

To learn more, visit www.parade.com and read “Why They Serve”.