Teresa Honeycutt of rural McCook presents one of her handcrafted, rustic wooden “Old Glory Flags,” this one designed with a “Thin Red Line,” to Red Willow Western rural firefighters Doug Wasia, left, Billie Cole and fire chief Bill Elliott (right), in recognition of the selflessness and dedication of all firefighters. Teresa said that she and her husband, Jerry, wanted to honor all the firefighters who have battled blazes this late winter. “I so admire their courage, to run toward a fire to save someone or property,” Teresa said. Teresa explained that since Oct. 25, 1854, after a battle during the Crimean War, “The Thin Red Line” has represented any thinly-spread military unit holding firm against attack. Down through history and folklore, it has come to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty, and to represent the last ounce of courage that firefighters find deep in their blood to conquer their darkest fears in order to save and protect life and property.
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