By Geena Martinez
BIG SPRING - The town of Big Spring is giving back to the men and women who put their lives on the line each time they go to work.
This fire season has been one for the record books, especially in Howard County.
On Saturday night, folks showed their appreciation for the firefighters and others who are usually first on the scene with a benefit barbecue dinner.
"They have done a fantastic job and we can't say thank you enough," resident, Ronnie Wood, said.
"We just want to acknowledge them and show them how grateful we are for them," Howard County Judge, Mark Barr, said.
That's the feeling shared by everyone who came out to support some of the hardest workers in West Texas.
It's been months in the making and on Saturday a barbecue benefit was held to honor area firefighters.
"It was a great idea for our town and the whole town really just jumped on board with this," Rob Dalsing, said.
"Churches are pitching in with desserts," Judge Barr, said. "We've got two different sets of cooks cooking up barbecue."
More than 2,000 people from Big Spring and several surrounding counties were expected to attend.
Donations collected at the event will go towards a new brush truck for the Howard County volunteers.
"One truck means the difference between whether we're out there for days or out there for hours," Howard County Volunteer Chief, Tommy Sullivan, said. "Volunteers miss Christmases, birthdays, sporting events because we care about the community."
Those in the community said that means a lot.
"These guys that do this, they don't get paid a dime," Judge Barr, said. "I can't tell you how grateful I am really."
But the firefighters said the community is what keeps them going.
"It's that pat on the back and this type of appreciation that keeps us getting up and making that next call, even though we're dead tired," Chief Sullivan said.
Like so many before have said, this is the least they can do to say thanks.
"Makes me feel wonderful," resident, Juanita Lewis, said. "We're so glad we can do it and we're really proud of our firefighters."
"We appreciate it and we'll give them everything we have every time that tone goes off," Chief Sullivan said.
Chief Sullivan says they're not expecting it to slow down anytime soon. He said October 1st is the start of the winter fire season so again they're reminding everyone not to throw out any cigarette butts and to tie up those dragging chains to prevent any sparks.