One Who Cares: Frank Buckley

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Frank Buckley of Enterprise, Miss., has battled cancer twice in his life but never let it slow his dedication as a volunteer with the South Volunteer Fire Department.

Neighbors say Buckley is always ready with a helping hand or an encouraging word.

Friends describe Buckley as the type of guy who gets the job done, no matter how big the obstacles. He took on the job of raising his 11-year-old daughter when his wife died back in 1989 and started volunteering in his community, responding to emergencies.

"I had Stage 4 cancer up here in 2010, and Stage 4 cancer in my lung in February 2012," said Buckley. "They cut the middle section of my lung out, but I don't dwell on that. They told me I was going to die in 2010, and I told them, Buckleys don't just sit down and die; we've got things to do."

And those things include helping his neighbors in their time of need. Buckley is a state-certified volunteer firefighter, and says when someone's in trouble, he doesn't think twice.

"You get a call in the middle of the night, you don't ask questions, you just go," Buckley said. "If it's January, you get your coat."

Buckley says helping others helps him. His advice for others is that there are always ways you can help, no matter what your talent.

"Don't ever think that there's not something that you can do," he said. "I met a Methodist preacher, and he said, 'I'm a little guy and there's nothing y'all have that I can do'. And I said, there's always somebody wherever we go that needs praying for."

Buckley says all the surrounding counties need more volunteer firefighters. He says it's a great job despite the lack of a paycheck and a great way to show your community you care.

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