They're the unsung heroes of our communities.

The volunteer firefighter, the man or woman who puts a life on the line in service to others, is a special breed.

Each is an individual story of courage and sacrifice.

Each day he or she accepts responsibility for the noble cause of protecting life and property no matter the risk.

It takes a spirit above the norm and unending devotion to always be at the ready, to live a life devoted to the call of duty.

The volunteer firefighter is living testament to human greatness, the value of the common good, the understanding of the importance of public safety, and the valor in placing the concern of others before concern for oneself.

The 60th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention, one of the largest in Pennsylvania, took place in Pottsville during the week of August 17 and culminated with a grand parade on Saturday, August 23.

Hundreds of marchers, more than 250 pieces of firefighting apparatus and eleven bands passed the reviewing stand.

Shown are images of some of the top entries and winners.