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La Pasión de un Bombero que Quema más que el Fuego
|The Passion of a Fireman Bruns More Than Fire
By Jessica De La Torre Domiguez
Every so often a fire chief acknowledges the many accomplishments of his fire marshals by honoring them with the Fire Chief’s Award for the dedication and labor these heroes put into their jobs as well as their communities. This year Fire Marshal Sammy Sanchez was awarded with the prestigious honor.
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Sanchez did not always have in mind to be a county hero. It was not until 1990 when a former fireman friend introduced him to the valiant career; then after that he could not see himself doing anything else.
“In my heart this is what I’m destined to do,” Sanchez said.
Touched by the various sorrows involving fire emergencies Sanchez proclaims that the citizens he has helped throughout the years have become more then just victims saved by his call, and more as family.
As a fire marshal, Sanchez has had to enforce numerous safety codes to public and private buildings as well as check building blueprints ensuring the safety of people. Sanchez claims that his career has had an effect on his everyday life in a very peculiar manner in which now he always seems to notice every fire code or emergency exit no matter where he goes. He also notices various fire precautions that most people take for granted. Having a career which involves looking for safety hazards in buildings, Sanchez is very much aware of the many dangers when on call for duty, but he chooses to view the situation optimistically.
“Every job has its hazards, and protecting citizens makes it all worth it to me,” he said.
With appreciation from colleagues and people in his district Sanchez, feels greatly honored and privileged to serve his community. Sanchez enjoys giving back to the community by promoting safety.
Sanchez confesses, “I believe in what I do.”
He is a true Latino-American hero with much passion and enthusiasm in his line of duty and for his people, and living proof that “Si se puede!” Congratulations, Sammy!