I live in a densely populated area, and my local fire department, like so many others, is volunteer. Most of the time when we see these individuals, it is generally either on the way to or back from an emergency. We also occasionally see them collecting money on the side of the road. With either boot or helmet in hand, they ask for donations to keep them in the latest lifesaving equipment. Perhaps we give them $5 or $10 on those occasions. I think very few people give them the amount that's equal to, say, a basic cable bill. As busy Americans, we justify our blasé attitude. The truth of the matter is that there is no justification.