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Everyday Angels This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Amber W., Wilmington, DE By tinkerbell0221, Newark, DE

I come from a long line of angels. You think I am kidding, but I'm not. They are everyday heroes who do not get the credit they deserve – everyday heroes many people would die without.

No, I am not talking about doctors or scientists. I am talking about fire fighters and EMS personnel. Everyday people – like my mom, dad, best friend, and me – who volunteer as first responders. Volunteering as a first responder means putting your life on the line every time you are dispatched. But we do this because it may mean saving someone's life, whether due to a house fire, car accident, or drug overdose. My parents have been putting their lives on the line for over 35 years in active duty. I have spent a few years helping in nonactive duty.

My mom started fighting fires in 1977 when she was 16.

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