Chattanooga Firefighters sign up for Big Hearts
Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Chattanooga Firefighters save lives every day, and with the Big Hearts build quickly approaching, we spotlight their ability to make a family's life better.
Fire department volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity often.
In fact, they have already built a couple homes.
Some took the Big Hearts opportunity as a way to help complete strangers.
"I'll do what I can and whatever needs help," says Nick Saynes.
Firefighter Nick Saynes is just one of many who plan to pitch in and help with the Big Hearts build.
He says the Chattanooga Fire Department has a long history of volunteering with community builds.
In 2007, nearly two dozen men in uniform stepped up to help a family in need through Habitat for Humanity.
"They are just a great group of guys, skilled workers and knowledgeable on a construction site. They really work hard and get the job done," says John Lamb.
In many situations firefighters put themselves in harm's way to help a family in need or distress, and it's usually a family they don't know.
Saynes says the "can do" attitude of extensive training and work, carries itself "off the field" when it comes to helping someone in the community.
"Not knowing the family just shows no matter what the task, we will do it," says Saynes.
Whether they are risking their lives on the frontline battling a blaze, or in the front yard helping repair a home, Lamb says the fire fighters' helping hand, is like no other.
"They are just a great asset to Habitat and to anyone they may work with," says Lamb.
"With opportunities like Habitat and Extreme Makeover, we get to see their hearts and how much they love to give back to the community," says Saynes.
So far more than 4,300 volunteers have signed up for the Big Hearts build and the numbers grows daily.