Volunteer firemen from Roane County and the region fought a roaring blaze in Spencer last week, many on the scene for at least 12 hours.

In Calhoun and most rural communities the number of volunteer firemen are dwindling, mostly because of increased training requirements and because many firemen rightfully have to devote time to their work and their families.

Volunteer firemen, EMT'S and police officers are first responders on just about every kind of incident that involves safety and rescue.

As years have gone by, they have picked up lots of responsibilities beyond their call to duty.

Today, we give those volunteers and responders a Shining Star, while also honoring those who came and did their jobs in Newtown in the most tragic mass murder at a school in the nation's history.

We honor the teachers and administrators who gave their lives with their children.

President Barrack Obama said, "As a community, you've inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other."

"You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered, and with time and God's grace, that love will see you through."

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