A whirlwind service trip to Guatemala was a life-changing one for four Vacaville firefighters, who say they’re ready and eager to lend a hand once more.
In late July, Alex Van Dewark, Drew Kostal, Darius Zarrabi and Shaun Jimenez headed to Guatemala for a week of service with Next Step Ministries.
The mission was to help as much as they could internationally as they have locally.
Each day was an adventure, of the once-in-a-lifetime variety.
“One day we’d work on a house, the next day an orphanage. One time we worked on a school,” Van Dewark recalled Tuesday, his first day back on duty at Fire Station 72.
The weather was mercurial in Guatemala — hot and humid one moment, monsoon-like rain the next.