Daniel Boutin/Groom Creek Fire District
Nominated by Laura Flood
Since building my cabin in Groom Creek, I have had to add 3 feet of no-climb fence on top of a 5-foot yard wall to keep my wandering kangaroo “Roo,” home. Fire Chief Ernesto Manzanedo calls my mystery breed of possibly Aussie/Catahoula/French Brittany “Roodini.” Several of the firefighters have captured “Roo” as he darts in and out to say hello when I was at work or errands. Truly firefighters like Daniel Boutin, carrying Roo to safety, in the photo, have saved him from a wilderness attack from a javelina or darting in front of a large delivery truck. His yard is pretty escape-proof as well as fire resistant now, and he gets lots of exercise and frequent visits with the friendly firefighters. You can see the trust as he stands with Daniel Boutin who took the time to bring him home. True community heroes in so many ways!