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Heartfelt Welcome Home For McKinney Firefighter Who Spent About 3 Weeks Fighting California Wildfires

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Seven-year-old Adley couldn’t hide her excitement. After three weeks fighting wildfires in California, her dad was finally home.

McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW. COM) – Seven-year-old Adley couldn’t hide her excitement.

After three weeks fighting wildfires in California, her dad was finally home.

A happy homecoming for one of the McKinney firefighters returning from California!

It’s all about family ❤️ #californiafires #wildfires #homecoming #FireFighters pic. twitter. com/icnONgWDzB

“Really and truly, that’s what keeps me going: knowing I’m coming home to her, and I get those hugs,” said Quincy Blount, a McKinney Firefighter.

Blount was among the first wave of 44 firefighters from Texas sent to California in August, according to McKinney Captain Ben Jones, who’s been coordinating his department’s volunteers.

The number of Texas firefighters assisting in California, he says, swelled this weekend to 234, as the state’s request for relief grew.

“I’ve never seen fires where daylight turned to night,” said Blount, who spent 25 days away.

“At 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I had to use a flashlight to see where we were going and what we were doing,” he said.

“I’ve heard the description of apocalypse given out there and yea that’s probably as close as I can say. ”

“If we’re the one who needed the help, I’d want somebody coming to help us, too,” he said.

Quincy Blount and daughter, Adley (CBS 11)

“I just don’t want him to go,” he said.

Being away from family, Blount says, is the toughest part of the job.

“That part wears and tears on you,” he said.

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