When the largest wildfire in Texas history made its way towards the town of Pampa, 15-year-old Nathan Slater and eight other junior members responded to a page from the Hoover Volunteer Fire Department. The junior firefighters were deployed and paired with experienced adults fighting the wildfires, which forced the evacuation of some homes. The teens, aged 14 to 17, were given various tasks from providing water and supplies to members who were in the field, to hosing down the fires and heated grass. Many said they joined the effort because they needed something to do and wanted to stay out of trouble, and they hope that their work, camaraderie and spirit will inspire others to lend a hand during dark times.

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