New Bedford Native Aaron Griffith Fighting Maui Wildfires After Losing His Home
Aaron Griffith is a New Bedford native who has found himself fighting the Maui wildfires even after losing his own home to them.
I just saw Aaron at our 20th New Bedford High School reunion. He was telling me about his life down in Hawaii and the awesome things he's seen and done in his life.
To hear that just days later he would be called to help fight one of the biggest and most devastating wildfires to hit Hawaii had me shook.
I reached out to Aaron's sister Sarah and his dad Steven, who have had direct contact with Aaron, to get some insight into what Aaron has been going through.
Aaron has been a firefighter in Maui County for about five years and was actually off-duty by the waterfront when he saw white smoke. It was his first indication that something was not right.
He hopped on his motorcycle and headed to the fire station and immediately the work began.
Steven got Aaron on the phone early Friday morning. Aaron had been helping with the fires for 38 hours straight and was trying to take a break and reenergize, plus he wanted to update his family to let them know he was OK. Aaron had moved down to Maui from the SouthCoast 10 years ago
Steven could hear in Aaron's voice how distraught he was, breaking down while sharing the story of how he helped save an infant's life and the lives of many others as part of the island burned.
Steven told Aaron, "God saved you so you could save all these people's lives."
In a recent post made by Sarah, she shared the details of what Aaron has been going through and they're incomprehensible.
Before Aaron got off the phone with his Dad he reminded himself and his father of his appreciation for what he is doing by saying, "God is good."