Assistant Chief Thomas Smith III, Culkin (Miss.) VFD

Despite his own devastating fire losses, Smith never once thought about giving up the fire service and has continued to serve as a volunteer in his home town.

“I want to stay on because if I can help someone else, that’s what I want to do,” he said. “I want people to know that life does go on and things are going to be OK. I want to be able show people there is light at the end of the tunnel. I know. I’ve been there.”