Married to the Volunteer Fire Department

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

WEST ODESSA- The West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department is on pace to hit a record number of calls this year, but the firefighters aren't the only ones drained by this hectic fire season, so are their families.

"We follow the water trails on the road where it's leaked to find where they are to take them what they need," Sherry Ellis, who is acting Secretary of Treasury and is married to WOVFD Chief Jimmy Ellis, "It's hectic, and frustrating, I work full time, I am a nurse, and so we usually see each other coming and going through the back door most of the time."

Christen Oglesby who is also married to a volunteer fire fighter says the couple must always drive separate cars in case there is a fire. Oglesby who is six months pregnant says even though she doesn't fight fires she is always behind the scenes helping with fundraising and events.

"When the pager goes off, you think what is it this time? When it is a traffic accident, structure fire, vehicle fire, grass fire, trash fire even with the burn ban I think okay there is two hours away from family time," said Oglesby, who says this is the worst year since her husband started three years ago, "Wednesday night he was out until 4a.m. on a grassfire, and he had to be at work at 6 a.m., and then he got at call at 1 p.m. from the Chief who said I need you now, and so he called his boss, and he left work early to go fight fire again. "

Oglesby says the time away from home and work can put a strain on the families finances and relationship, but when she remembers why he is out there, it goes away.

"When you hear somebody say something really good about a firefighter and what they've done, it makes that resentment go away, and it makes you very proud to be that man's wife," she said.