What is a Firefighter?
He is the guy next door - a man's man with the memory
of a little boy. He has never gotten over the excitement
of engines and sirens and danger.
He is a guy like you and me with wants and worries and
Yet he stands taller than most of us.
He is a firefighter.
He puts it all on the line when the bell rings.
A firefighter is at once the most fortunate and the least
fortunate of men.
He is a man who saves lives because he has seen too
He is a gentle man because he has seen the awesome
power of violence out of control.
He is responsive to a child's laughter because his arms
have held too many small bodies that will never laugh
He is a man who appreciates the simple pleasures of life
- hot coffee held in numb, unbending fingers - a warm
bed for bone and muscle compelled beyond feeling - the
camaraderie of brave men - the divine peace and selfless
service of a job well done in the name of all men.
He doesn't wear buttons or wave flags or shout
When he marches, it is to honor a fallen comrade.
He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
Taken from the 50th Anniversary Add Journal 2002
This poem goes back a long way and a time when only boys were though of being firefighters. In today's world we do have girls that have become firefighters and officers.
May God Bless Them All...
42 years of Scouting
Regional Burn Center
September 8, 2021
Information provided by:
National Safety Council
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