You never know when your example will have a positive effect on a young person's life. That was the case for one young child in Beauregard Parish who witnessed the devoted efforts of firefighters as they battled the Tiger Island Wildfire to safeguard homes and localities.
Paxton Davis, who is seven years old, has always wanted to be a fireman and is aware that it requires devotion and hard work.
"They save us...they put out fires and they're strong," adds Paxton. He has observed them going above and beyond by, among other things, "going out into the heat and putting out fires."
He recognized the need for assistance as firefighters from all over the country arrived in Beauregard Parish to assist in putting out the biggest wildfire in Louisiana's recorded history.
To express our gratitude to the firefighters for putting out all those flames, we distributed these crosses, said Paxton.
Jessica Davis, Paxton's mother, said that he was eager to contribute to the community's effort to express gratitude for their service. "He just kind of jumped on the bandwagon and thought it would be a great idea to show our support and our appreciation," she said. However, the most crucial thing was to demonstrate that we prayed for them and that our family was sincerely appreciative of what they were doing here.
Paxton and his family sent the gifts to first responders in the parish, including his hero, Beauregard Fire District 1 Chief Jay Williams, with 200 crosses and 200 prayers.
"I felt happy when I heard Paxton was handing out crosses since these firemen come from all across the country. And it was quite moving to witness a young child carrying a cross and knowing that he was being prayed for, added Williams.
Dean Hazen, a firefighter who traveled from Idaho and works with the Southern Area Blue Team, was one of the hearts Paxton touched.
"It's just a fantastic indication of the local support we receive, which we encounter frequently wherever we go. It's just a wonderful way for the neighborhood to express gratitude for what we do, according to Hazen. We spend time away from our family because, you know, we love what we do and want to help those who are in need.
Paxton says he simply wishes for one thing in return for the deed of generosity and appreciation: "I hope they feel prayers."
Little eyes are always observing whether we know it or not, his mother reminded everyone. They recognize the virtues we occasionally fail to recognize in ourselves.
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