It was 6:30 a.m. last week when another emergency alert came to my phone, prompting a visit to the McMillan football field. Wylie Fire Rescue, already on the scene, had assisted with a medical emergency and was ensuring our kids and coaches were safe, too. Fire Chief Brandon Blythe attended this emergency call and personally checked on our kids and coaches with praise and concern for those involved.
This man is just a good human. He loves Wylie, firefighting, and our babies with a passion for service, making him uniquely qualified to be the fire boss we all love and appreciate. He lives here. His sweet wife teaches at Harrison, two of his kiddos have graduated, and his boys started WEHS this year. To say he is invested in our community and school district is an understatement.
Monday marks the 22nd anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Reflecting on that day, I think about the hundreds of Brandons who bravely walked INTO the flames. WALKED INTO THE FLAMES! I once heard it said that the streets of heaven are too crowded with courageous souls driven to serve and help their fellow man through selfless acts of bravery that happen every day across our great nation. My example is personal: a kind and gentle man who checks on our kids and loves our schools with a passion. His selflessness, bravery, and love restores my faith and reminds me of the values we hold dear.
We will never forget. Please join me in remembering the lives we lost and the bravery many of our fellow Americans showed that day. Also, please take a moment to personally thank your “Brandon Blythe,” who sacrifices for others, the Wylie Way!