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Fire Aftermath Volunteers
Bill Smith, a Samaritan's Purse volunteer, sifts though ashes on a charred property on Yankton Place, Colo. on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Samaritan's Purse, the international organization uses local volunteers to help out after tragedies. Volunteers have also helped after tornadoes and, most recently, in Larimer County after the High Park Fire. Wayne Shoemaker, who leads the wildfire response in Colorado Springs for the organization, said that they are sifting through anyone's house that requests it and they vow to stay until the job is finished. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Susannah Kay)