A few weeks ago, our small-town community woke up to the tragic news that Steve Ackerman, a local volunteer firefighter, lost his life in a house fire as he tried to rescue a family from the destructive flames.

Two lives were saved because of Steve’s selfless and heroic efforts.

Steve was one of those salt-of-the-earth kind of guys. Always had a smile on his face. Just 38 years young, he was physically strong.

But what stands out …