Thursday, July 15, 2010
I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut an American novelist and a battle of the bulge vet
What you call a hero, I call just doing my job. ~Firefighter/Author Unknown
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ~Bible, John 15:13
What is a firefighter?
He's the guy next door....
He's a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams.
Yet he stands taller than most of us.
He's a fireman....
A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men.
He's a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death.
He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
He's responsive to a child's laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again....
He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved. ~Susan Diane Murphree
So as you look at the firefighter with his rake, hose or axe,
His beet red face or ice covered mustache,
You should know why he goes through that smokey front door,
And is forced to crawl like a baby down on the floor.
He does it to save both lives and property,
All that is precious to you and to me.
So take a good look at this modern warrior who serves his call proud and true,
And know that he would die just to save me and you.
~Robert J. Athans