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Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)
By Tamara Rodrigues
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In many cases they are the people who are first on the scene of an accident. They are the people who comfort those trapped in a crushed car while their comrades use the “jaws of life” to free them. They are the people who go into burning buildings to save the life of a beloved pet. They are the people who give their oxygen to a person overcome from smoke inhalation.
Their skills need to be more than just technical, they need to possess a spirit about them that is able to block out the things they see and focus on the life they are trying to save. They need to have compassion, strength, fortitude, and gentleness. They need to be aware of their surroundings and the dangers present.
Many fire fighters are volunteers. They serve their communities out of a love for people and a dedication to a volunteer career to which they have been called. They train on their own time, they do all the things of paid fire fighters. They have a heart for people.
Few are called to this career, whether in a paid position or as a volunteer. Those who are called have a bond that can only be categorized as a brother or a sister. A bond that transcends most people’s understanding. You have to be able to count on your brother when things get tough.
We see fire trucks in parades. We see fire fighters checking fire hydrants in the dead of winter and in the heat of summer. We see them standing in the road asking for donations to support their companies. We see them directing traffic around an accident, cleaning up accidents, comforting those who are injured or mourning.
Fire fighters are hero’s. Real life, every day hero’s. The put their lives on the line every day to help those who are in trouble. I have two real life hero’s in my life. My son David and his fiancé Christine. They are both volunteer fire fighters.
May God bless all the firefighters and the people they serve.
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