With the Built Ford Tough® Good Works program Ford is celebrating the contributions of a number of hometown heroes who are using their trucks for the betterment of those around them. So far in this series of videos, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) personality Brendon Clark has introduced us to a food pantry volunteer, a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser and a veteran who is giving back to our men and women in uniform.
In the most recent video, we learn about Humberto Valdez. In addition to his full-time job and family, Humberto happens to be Chief of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Firefighters.
Volunteer firefighting is a labor of love. When they say “volunteer” firefighter, they mean it. These brave first responders are the sole provider of emergency medical and firefighting service for a community of thousands. A typical week as a volunteer fireman generally means forty hours at work, with another forty at the fire station.
As a volunteer firefighter used to wearing many hats, when Humberto isn’t donning a fire helmet, he’s a devoted father who wants to demonstrate to his young daughter the importance of giving back to the people around you.
“She understands that her dad helps people,” says Sarah Valdez, Humberto’s wife. “When that call comes in, she expects her dad to jump up and leave and go help someone, and save someone’s life. So she’s very proud of her father.”
It takes a special kind of person to put their own life on the line day in and day out. But volunteer firefighters like Humberto and his squad are a special kind of hero. They perilously devote themselves to the safety and well-being of those around them simply out of the kindness and generosity of their being.
“I dedicate myself, 24 hours to being a great father and a great fireman,” says Humberto. “Just someone in the community that’s here for a purpose.”
Learn more about Humberto and the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Firefighters by watching the full video above, or at the Ford Trucks YouTube channel, where you can see more videos about hometown heroes in the Good Works program.
Speaking of Good Works, you can also enter the Built Ford Tough® Good Works Sweepstakes. Ford is partnering with PBR to give away a 2014 F-150 and a $25,000 donation to charity. Grand prize winners can donate to the Rider Relief Fund, a charity that supports injured bull riders, or a service organization of their choice. Another winner will drive home in a Ford F-150 with EcoBoost® and win a VIP trip for two to the Built Ford Tough Series PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
Are you using a Ford vehicle to do great things in your community? Share your good deeds with the Ford Social community by submitting a story or photo. Maybe your example will inspire others to do good works in their communities!