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Saw some sorry a$$ Texans today #8662917 08/13/22 01:52 AM
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Today a good friend I work with was driving me to Huntsville. My truck was in the shop having some work done. We were headed west on 190 near Oakhurst. There was a grass fire on the side of the highway right of way that had just started. Maybe 6’x6’ and growing bigger fast. If it gets in the woods it will quickly become a bad fire. The local landowners potentially taking a large financial hit. I don’t have a clue who owned the land along that road but it was about to burn. My buddy whipped over, we unassed the truck, and we’re doing our best to beat it out but we were losing. We needed help. At least 50 cars slowed down almost to a stop. Several stopped and just sat in there cars and watched. I hollered for someone to get out and help. Not a one of them made a move. About the time we were going to have to give it up and move the truck to keep it from burning a young man came screeching to a stop and bailed out and pitched in. We were able to stomp it down with one more person. At least 50 automobiles with sorry son of a guns that were going to just sit there and watch the fire take off. What the hell is wrong with people today?

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They would rather post a selfie 🤳

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Too many people today want to sit and watch instead of act. No other way to put it.


Good on you and the others to get that contained

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Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
They would rather post a selfie 🤳

50 versions uploaded in those minutes. Disgusting. Progress? You can have it.


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They were all tagging the local news network on book of faces or insta. It is [censored] shameful and good on that young man for doing the right thing. There are still a few of us out there that are not completely clueless.


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Smokey, we were talking about stuff like this today. We have created a society of zombies.....

The other day we were at Dairy Queen and a lady was choking. She was embarrassed and hid behind a cardboard sign. When I realized what was happening, I ran over and told a worker to dial 911 and just before I started to do the heimlich, she grabbed her throat and squeezed and took a breath. Turned out, it was a chip turned weird and she squeezed and crushed it in her throat. The crazy part is her grandson was sitting at the table playing a freaking video game and never even looked up. He was probably 12 years old and didn't have earphones in so he had to heard the commotion. He was just so oblivious to the world, he was going to let his grandmother die so he wouldn't have to put he video game down. It's a crazy time!

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Smokey Bear… only you can prevent forest fires roflmao

Sorry man, I had to.

It’s a damn shame the way people are so self centered these days. I carry a fire extinguisher in my truck for that reason amongst others.

Good on y’all and the young man for gettin’er done.


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Originally Posted by Thundervee
Smokey Bear… only you can prevent forest fires roflmao

Sorry man, I had to.

It’s a damn shame the way people are so self centered these days. I carry a fire extinguisher in my truck for that reason amongst others.

Good on y’all and the young man for gettin’er done.

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Originally Posted by Thundervee
Smokey Bear… only you can prevent forest fires roflmao

Sorry man, I had to.

It’s a damn shame the way people are so self centered these days. I carry a fire extinguisher in my truck for that reason amongst others.

Good on y’all and the young man for gettin’er done.


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I figured you were probably a forest ranger or something like that. Good job my man.


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Similar thing happened to me this week. Lightning strike started a grass fire in a residential area. 15 or so people on foot watching it grow closer to a fence. I put it out with a fire bottle.


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Good for you chicken man. I didn’t expect that and was pretty disappointed after the fact.

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Worked on a pool equipment pad Wednesday, an hour after had to go back and spent an hour with multiple hoses putting out a lightning struck oak 10’ from the equipment pad! Had to deal with some melted pvc afterwards! bang

Glad y’all were able to keep that one from escalating! Likely a cigarette smoker!



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People suck. Get used to it.

When parents don’t raise their children, they go feral, and this is the result. It’s not going to get better anytime soon.


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Originally Posted by Sneaky
People suck. Get used to it.

When parents don’t raise their children, they go feral, and this is the result. It’s not going to get better anytime soon.


Nailed it.

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Have you checked to see if anybody put a short on YouTube?



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Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
They would rather post a selfie 🤳



Guarantee phones were out

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I appreciate what you, your friend and the stranger did, and I’m sure the landowner does too.

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Good job jumping into action and stopping that fire before it got out of hand. cheers

BTW those 50 or so vehicles that passed by or stopped and watched were probably not true Texans but transplants from somewhere else!


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Did the same thing a month or two ago on a busy two lane. I am trying to stomp and shovel and kick sand on a grass fire that started with someone's cigarette. Hundreds of cars drove past and and nobody would stop to help. One truck finally stopped on a driveway headed to a house and tried stomping on some grass over there. Thankfully someone did call the fire dept. and they showed up. I was a little pi**ed off at the time as well.


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As I was driving to lease on Thursday morning, I was surprised to see all the burnt up medians on I20. As we continued west, there was a left lane regulator in front of me just taking his sweet time. At one point he rolls down his window, sticks his arm and and flicks his cigarette to the ground. Fortunately the cigarette bounced back towards the middle of the lane and not towards the median.

Someone else said it, people suck. This guy could clearly see all of fire damage, but he didn’t give a rip and would rather throw his butts on the ground than put them in his ashtray.

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In 2001 my Fire Department made 7500 calls that year. 6 Engines, 1 Truck, 4 Ambulances

I'm 2021 we made 14,500 calls with 6 Engines, 1 Truck, 5 Ambulances.

There's not double the emergency calls, just double the calls. People do not take action to fix minor problems, they expect someone else to do it. I have turned off hundreds of water meters to houses over the years. Because we were dispatched to a "water leak". Roll a fire engine, with four men to go turn a ball valve 90°.

I am not surprised at all no one got out to help stomp out a small grass fire. That's someone else's job according to them.


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I used to drive I-20 from Marshall to Longview daily and kept a 3 gallon pump up sprayer and a burlap sack in the back of the truck. It is amazing how much fire you can knock out with that little bit of water and a wet tote bag.
If you catch it early enough, a fire was easy to put out. Even a green Pine limb makes a good fire stomper.
Thanks for putting that fire out, I'm sure the adjoining land owners would be proud of y'all for doing that.

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I really am surprised no one else stopped to help.
Personally, I’ve always, deep down, yearned to be a hero. Superman, jump in phone booth, and save the day.
Maybe it’s a guilt complex of how my parents generation gave so much in the war.


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