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Without question, firefighter memorial services are those times when we can all come together and remember that we were fortunate to have these great people in our lives as brother and sister firefighters. Let us go forward and practice steadfastly in our daily lives their spirit as honored firefighters.
Michael L. Kuk
Ph.D., CFO, FABCHS, MIFireE
Fire & Emergency Services
Directorate of Emergency Services
Fort Polk, LA
Editor’s note: The 2012 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend takes place Oct. 6-7 in Emmitsburg, MD; see weekend.firehero.org.
“Count Your Blessings”
I am a fire chief in Billings, MT, who wants to thank Chief Gary Ludwig for having the courage to write the column “Count Your Blessings! Nothing Is Perfect, But a Visit to a Friend’s Fire Station Spotlights What Is Good About the Fire Service” in the August issue of Firehouse® Magazine.
Having worked in five departments over my 40-year career, I have encountered a small percentage of career employees who just don’t appreciate what a privilege it is to be part of the fire service. Despite the challenges of our occupation, I wake up every morning counting my blessings and thankful that I was able to be part of such a wonderful profession that makes a difference in people lives every day. Your column made my day. Thank you so much for putting this topic into perspective.
Paul Dextras, MPA, EFO, CFOD