Saturday night, community members in Crosbyton were dancing in the streets. It was part of a celebration to honor their volunteer fire crews, but residents also honored a team member not able to attend the party.
Like many small towns in Texas, folks in Crosbyton love and respect the volunteers who wear the firefighter uniforms that line the walls of the firehouse.
"A lot of them are self employed people who take time off from their work to serve our community in this way, and we really appreciate them," said organizing committee member Margot Hardin.
To show their appreciation, the Crosbyton community set up a day of fun.
"It's just nice to be here and appreciated by the community," said Crosbyton Volunteer Firefighter Jim Justus.
This fun also had another meaning.
"Our fire chief of 20-years is terminally ill in the hospital, and so we felt like this would be really good for morale," said Hardin.
"We wish he could be her today with us," said Justus.
Justus added that Chief Kenneth Stegall worked hard to make the fire department into what it is today, and looking out at the group of children playing, Justus says the department will be in good hands.
"It's great to see these kids here. It's where we all started as kids, out here playing, and that's how you build a good fire department, start them early," said Justus.
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