A Tribute to All Firefighters Everywhere
"Just doing my job."
To many of us, firefighters are everyday heroes. But ask a firefighter, and he or she will most likely shake their head and say,
"Just doing my job."
They do it because they love what they do, helping and protecting people is what they want to do, what they are called to do. They would most likely be embarrassed by our sentiment, and our belief that they are heroes, but that still does not diminish our respect for them. We see the bravery of their actions day in and day out; each time we watch the news and see the image of a firefighter running into a burning building, we can't help but think how fortunate we are to have men and women with that special kind of bravery and selflessness. We can't help but want to honor them and what they do.
We do believe in everyday heroes. Even if they don't want us to.
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I can think of no more stirring symbol
of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.
- Kurt Vonnegut
What they call "just doing my job"
Performed by Michael Israel
An moving tribute and art performance that will touch your heart.
Let them know
Courage can't see around corners,
but goes around them anyway.
Photo Credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images on Flickr.com
When a man becomes a fireman
his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work."
- Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY
Fire departments can be public or private organizations, but firefighters in every community need our support. Consider ways that you can help:
Make a donation.
Contact your local fire department to learn how you can help.
Many fire and rescue departments in the United States are volunteer-based. It takes dedication and commitment to become a firefighter, but if you're willing to put in the time and effort, volunteer firefighting can be a very rewarding and valuable way to serve your community.
To understand the heart of a fireman,
as he takes those calm strides toward potential danger, this I will never know.
For Firefighters everywhere
A moving tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for us.