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Into the fire: Saluting our firefighters

August 07. 2018 10:46PM

Firefighters from across the country are converging on California to battle some of the largest wildfires that state has ever seen.

But those are not the only blazes burning out west, as 18 Granite Staters head out to help fight wildfires in the Northern Rockies.

This is grueling, uncomfortable, dangerous work, and we would like to salute the 16 brave men and two brave women from New Hampshire, as well as the thousands of others who are spending their summer on the edge of an inferno.

Closer to home, fire crews from seven nearby communities came to the aid of the Hopkinton Fire Department to save the Hopkinton Town Library last week.

A lightning strike to the building’s cupola started the fire. Hopkinton Fire Chief Jeff Yale quickly asked for mutual aid, and crews from Boscawen, Concord, Hillsborough, Henniker, Warner, Bow, and Dunbarton helped get the fire under control within 45 minutes.

The building suffered extensive smoke and water damage, and is closed indefinitely, but it is still standing, and no one was hurt.

Even retired firefighters can be heroes. Former Epping Fire Chief Chris Murphy on Sunday rescued a boy from the rain-swollen Lamprey River.

We thank New Hampshire’s bravest for all they do.

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