When it comes to fires or medical emergencies, firefighters are often the first ones on the scene. But few may know that they are also there in a variety of ways after the smoke has cleared.

The Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Charities was started in 2009 by operational firefighters looking to make a difference in their local communities.

Jane Sibbett is no stranger to performing in front of others.

She began acting 30 years ago and appeared in guest spots on several television shows including “Cheers,” “21 Jump Street,” “Matlock” and “Touched By an Angel.” But she’s best known for playing Carol, Ross Geller’s ex-wife on “Friends.”

After proudly serving the last 32 years as a firefighter, Scott Schwisow is quickly embracing his new title — retiree.

“It’s slowly sinking in,” he said hours before his official Sedona Fire District walking out ceremony. “It feels a little different after doing this for 32 years. There’s almost kind of a grieving process.”

It was news Sedona Vice Mayor Mark DiNunzio said he’ll never forget but something he later saw as a blessing in disguise.

In early April DiNunzio received a normal check-up from his doctor, who noticed that his blood pressure and cholesterol were much higher than normal.

Sedona Heritage Museum is in possession of many amazing photographs, yet it’s a new platoon photograph that shows what courage Northern Arizona brought to the Vietnam War.

On the night spanning June 15 and 16, 1966, a small U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance platoon engaged People’s Army of Vietnam and Viet Cong fighters, inflicting large casualties over the course of 12 hours before withdrawing with only a few dead.

He spoke for just a short time but what he had to say brought an appreciative crowd of nearly 200 to their feet for more than a minute.

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Thomas Kirk spoke for just 10 minutes but in that time he told of the horrors of being a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Kirk was the keynote speaker during a Vietnam veterans-only luncheon on Friday, April 1, at the Elks Lodge, part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day celebration.

Willie J. Ridgeway. Thomas L. Chandler. Stephen G. Sample. Ruben D. Reese. Jimmy L. Vaultz.

They weren’t celebrities, pro athletes or rock stars. Instead, these young men were someone’s son, someone’s brother or someone’s father. And what they all have in common is that they were among the more than 58,000 Americans who died during the Vietnam War.

There are times man can fly without wings. It’s the same time you show up to class naked or found yourself stuck in a tar pit facing down a mammoth.

They are our dreams.

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