Hometown Heroes: Hawaii Island’s volunteer firefighters

Fire Captain Jordan Lee holds a training class for volunteer firefighters at 7 Bravo station in Kalaoa. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Volunteer Firefighters from 7 Bravo Kalaoa Station Sparky Springmeier left and Capt. John Bertch spray down hotspots along Kawaihae Rd. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

Volunteer firefighters from 7 Bravo Capt. John Bertsch, right, Kristopher Langel, Derek Domingo, Jourdan Beaudet, Tanner Whitman and Alex Villemain join HFD Capt. Jordan Lee for training at the Kalaoa station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Editor’s note: Each Wednesday, West Hawaii Today is publishing a story about individuals, groups or organizations that have helped make life better for others in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.