By Tom WardIn 1983, in war-torn Lebanon, Robert J. Doyle ordered the complete destruction of an unsuspecting village. As he walked through the carnage later, he vowed one day he would somehow pay off the loss of innocent lives.
Later, Doyle decides to become a volunteer firefighter and paramedic. He feels that with each life and property he helps to save; he makes a payment on his debt. For years, as Doyle responds to his community’s calls for help he ignores his own needs. To counteract flashbacks brought on by burnout, Doyle uses alcohol to keep going. Still, the memories of the destruction and dead villagers compels him to respond.
The Volunteer centers on one man’s struggle to find inner peace. And examines the question of what compels firefighters to respond no matter what time of day or night, to sacrifice their time, financial resources, their talents, and even their lives in the service of their communities.