Faith pays off


How do you get extreme satisfaction and excitement from helping others? As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The Malibu fires of Nov. 2, 1993, claimed my house and I have been living in my own paradise of Malibu in my newly built house. Even paradise has some flaws. The Malibu fires of Oct. 21 and 22 threatened that existence. Along came a fire company from Fountain Valley and camped out in my driveway on the night of Oct. 22. They exuded confidence in their ability to save my house and I elected to stay with them, because of the faith I had in them.

They constantly advised me as to what to do as the fire progressed up the slope toward my house and when Tuesday went into evening and the danger was gone, my house looked as good as the day I moved in, even though we were surrounded by burned out brush and the ground was scorched within 20 yards. The planes that spent the better part of three days surveying the fires and making the most amazingly accurate drops must be commended and profusely thanked for helping to save us. The people that supervised and expedited the firefighting efforts must also partake in the accolades.

I, along with thousands of other Malibuites, give multiple thanks and hugs for a job well done.

Richard Feinstein