Most people were snug in their beds when fire broke out at Treasure Valley Seed late Sunday evening — others were enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.
That may well have been the case for Powell volunteer firemen as well — until they were summoned to the inferno at the bean mill.
For the men of the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, and for their families and friends, it was nothing new. Week in and week out, day and night, the volunteers of the department abandon personal and professional activities — even sleep — at a moment's notice to ensure the safety of the community.
In the case of this weekend's fire, Powell firemen did an admirable job of quarterbacking an effort that involved Cody fire crews, MDU personnel, city employees and local businesses. Their quick response and their knowledge of how to fight the flames prevented what could have been a much bigger disaster.
Members of the fire department deserve to be commended for their commitment to community service and for the sacrifices they make on an almost daily basis.