The following post is not to take anything away from Chief Bobby Halton’s moving FDIC opening ceremony address. The past few weeks since FDIC I have been able to allow the week to digest, refuel and recharge me. The words to come are my views, if you agree that is fine. If you disagree then please share why. It is not poetry or eloquent.
I AM PROUD TO BE A FIREFIGHTER.
After years of searching, my life now has purpose because of the FIRE SERVICE.
Most of my clothes have the word FIRE on them, in some form.
I have sacrificed weekends, holidays, dinner with my wife and family to go train, learn, and run FIRE CALLS.
I have gone for days without sleep.
I sweat my ass off to ensure I am FIT FOR THE FIGHT, my life depends on it, your life depends on it.
I skip second helpings or pass on sweets because I know they do not benefit my mission.
Instead of watching TV I read, Instead of watching sports I watch fire ground videos.
I stay up late and get up early to ensure I get both my household duties, my work duties, my workout and my training done EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I tell people what I do because I am proud of what I do, I do not seek recognition for my chosen profession, I am just simply proud OF MY PROFESSION.
I wear Department Uniforms with pride and to any activity that shows we are Professional.
I PUT IN THE WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY TO EARN THE TITLE OF FIREFIGHTER.
I will not complain at 3AM to answer the call for even the smallest of problem. I do so because I would want others to do the same for my family.
I ENJOY GOING TO FIRES!!! If you had a fire wouldn’t you want someone like me to come help you? Ready for the call and willing to serve with compassion.
I WILL ALWAYS BE A KEEPER OF THE FAITH! Those that belittle our duty or bring shame to our trade should be sought out and kindly asked to leave.
I AM PROUD THAT I AM A FIREFIGHTER like my FATHER and my GRANDFATHER.
There are those who simply seek the entitlement, I simply seek to achieve the title, everyday with every action.
I AM PROUD TO BE A FIREFIGHTER. I AM PROUD TO CALL THOSE THAT DO THE SAME MY BROTHER. I AM PROUD TO BE A FIREFIGHTER.