BIG SPRING - For last year's fire season and so far this season, the Howard County Volunteer Firefighters answered almost 1,000 fire calls.
On Saturday, in the parking lot of the Big Spring Wal-Mart, they fired up the grills and rolled out the trucks as a show of thanks to the community that has supported them through both seasons.
"Drinks and food, monetary donations, words of encouragement," Tommy Sullivan, Fire Chief of the Howard County Volunteers, said. "A lot of my firefighters would go a to a restaurant and eat and when they go to pay out, they told them that somebody had already paid for their meals."
The volunteers went out there to thank the community for their support and on Saturday they got even more support in the form of a big check.
A Missouri-based charity called "The Monsanto Fund" gave a $2,500 check to two Howard County farmers to be given to the non-profit of their choice.
"'Farmers Grow Communities' where we're trying to give back to American farmers in the U.S. and 39 states qualify for this and out of the 39 states, over 1,200 counties are involved," Monsanto Technology Development Representative, Doug Jost, said.
Martin and Lesli Nichols were selected and they gave the check to the Howard County Volunteers for the work they've done.
"Especially this last year with all the pastures burning and things like that, the fires getting really close to Big Spring, these guys are invaluable in what they do. They really are," Jost said.
The volunteers said they were overjoyed to see that on a day when they were giving back to the community, the community wasn't done giving.
"It's humbling to see the response from the citizens of Howard County and what they've done for us this past fire season," Sullivan said.