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Rod Dreher column: Small town values on display in West

8:25 PM, Apr. 21, 2013
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Cheryl Marak's husband, Marty, was down by the burning fertilizer plant in West, Texas, and he wouldn't come home.

"I am begging, begging him to let me come in and get him," Marak sobbed to CNN's Piers Morgan the night of the disaster. "He said he can't; he's got to stay with his guys."

Marty Marak is a volunteer firefighter in the town of 2,800, emphasis on "volunteer." He installs air conditioners for a living, but like every other member of the West squad, some of whom died in the explosion, Marty doesn't do it for money. He does it for love of his neighbors. ...

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