Nearly all characteristics and traits in human beings are loved and despised by different people. There are only a few we can actually agree upon. One of the only traits which is universally admired is courage. Courage is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Most of us would like to say we are courageous. However, courage is not something you can just say you have. Courage must be demonstrated and tested. The vocation often equated with courage is that of being a firefighter. Here in the Midwest with small villages and population pockets separated by miles and miles, the job of being a fireman in many towns falls to volunteers or part timers. No less courageous than career firefighters on Fire Departments in larger towns and cities, volunteers hold down jobs and careers in other fields, too. Even children demonstrate the respect we hold for firefighters by expressing a desire to be a firemen at early ages.
At the StateWide companies we are proud of the Volunteer Fire Fighters who work with us by day and wear their courage 24 hours a day:
· Brandon Bowen, Chief, Ohio City Volunteer Fire Dept
· Dave Matarese, Captain, Ohio City Volunteer Fire Dept
· Pat Freeman, Captain, Middlepoint Volunteer Fire Dept
· Nate Wiechart, Fireman, Middlepoint Volunteer Fire Dept
· Ryan Wiechart, Fireman, Ottoville Volunteer Fire Dept
These guys are valued employees who contribute to our success at StateWide. Additionally, they courageously contribute to the safety and security of their communities. Having gone through rigorous training and having passed difficult tests, they have earned the right to risk their own safety and lives to try to save the property and lives of others. They are courage personified.


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