Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Fire victims look out for each other
After two days covering the fires, I am struck by the evacuees' resilience and faith in the human spirit.

Everyone, I've run into at Qualcomm Stadium praised the volunteers at the evacuation center and were more concerned about the next evacuee than themselves.

Susan Noe, didn't know if her home in Poway was still standing but was more concerned about reuniting an owner with a lost poodle she had found on an early morning walk with her dog. She stood for most of the morning at the entrance holding the dog in her arms hoping the owner would recognize the dog.

Tammy McCall, a mother of three young children, was thrilled her young son was able to help volunteer at the stadium organizing paper goods. She talked about wanting to be able to give back and help others even at a time when she still didn't know if her family home was left standing in Spring Valley.

Meeting people like Tammy and Susan is a humbling experience and the fact they graciously allow us to tell their stories to the world at a time when they have much more pressing things to worry about is a privilege.

--By Traci Tamura, CNN Producer
Posted By CNN: 11:50 AM ET
  7 Comments
I am watching your coverage and having lived in the san diego area during the cedar fire and having been part of that evacuation I am so happy to see the organization for the evacuees. This was not the case with cedar fire. It was a big lesson we had to learn and it is important for the public to know that this has little to do with the federal govt and Fema
The san diego communites started immediately after the cedar fire to remedie the lack of rganization that happened at that time.This is the result of their hard work and thier lessons learned.The state of california and the communites from San diego all through North county deserve the credit for theire hard work.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:49 PM ET
These evacuees show the real American spirit of giving. When you think of others first, someone is bound to help you, too.
Posted By Marilyn K,San Francisco, CA : 3:33 PM ET
you mentioned the word "privilege"-

We've seen people in this part of the country who have more than others; so privilege can mean that no matter what level of privilege with which you've been blessed , you can't take it for granted, and have to always think of others and share the 'privileges' so we all make it through life blessed.
Posted By Asa Stone, Portland , Or. : 3:36 PM ET
Im glad folks are looking out for each other because Im sure the insurance companies are gathering right now to discuss dropping all fire policies in So. California! I hope it's not true , but we've seen insurance companies put their bottom line before people...
Posted By Lynn, NY : 3:43 PM ET
The evacuees that are helping each other set an example to the rest of us - when you help each other, you ultimately help yourself. I hope for the best for all these people and hope that the spirit of helpfulness and community continues long after the flames subside.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Annie Kate : 9:59 PM ET
Special prayers to the evacuees from Ramona, CA.

I feel a special bond with your town because I love the novel Ramona about California history, and my 8 year-old basset hound is named Ramona in honor of that story.

God bless you all and keep you and your animals safe.

Patricia Dabbs
Columbia, MD
Posted By Pat Dabbs : 11:12 PM ET
We should all be praying for the safety and security of the emergency personnel , not politicizing the fires to further personal agendas.
Posted By Thomas , Dana Pt. : 11:38 PM ET
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