Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

Volunteer firefighting is not a social club - it's a calling

The Henze Family has three generations of Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 firefighters. Dane Henze is a volunteer firefighter/EMT for our local department, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather Carl Henze and (now retired) uncle Neil Henze. Dane’s cousin Samantha (Henze) Shafer also served in Waitsburg. We love our department.

Seeing a lack of “sufficient volunteer base” in our town is heartbreaking, and I’m thankful for Beka Compton’s call-to-action story in last week’s edition.

Our volunteer firefighters are heroes. When a call comes in, our heroes’ adrenaline is pum...


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