Middle of the day or night, these are the men and women who drop everything and show up when others need help.
In New York state, 90 percent of the fire departments are made up entirely of volunteers. Nationwide, the number is 70 percent. Which means when you need help, the people taking care of you are there out of a sense of duty. Pure and simple.
Even without a paycheck, volunteer firefighters spend countless hours training. Because the goal is to keep everyone safe and – in many cases – there is no room for error.
Cayuga County in New York just completed a four-month course in both exterior and interior fire operations. Here are some photos from those classes.
The Unity Concert is a three-day gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota, bringing together both Native and non-Native people to begin healing the historic wounds that persist in our country, through music and conversation. The protests and resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota were an important part of this year’s event: many artists shuttled back and forth between the two locations; food, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, solar lamps and other items were collected at the Unity Concert and sent to the people on the front lines in Standing Rock.
Mni Wiconi, water is life. #WeAreStillHere
This year I had the honor of photographing the Unity Concert with two of my favorite folks: Tony Di Zinno and Erin Wheat.