On Behalf of all the Officer and Members of Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Service, we send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lt. Murrell and all of our brother and sister firefighters in the Chicago Fire Department.
God Bless you all
Daniel R. Shealy, FF2/EMT-B
Rescue Sergeant Co.69
The officers and members of the Scipio Twp Vol Fire Dept extend our sincere sympathy to the fire fighters and their families in this tragic time. May you all find strength in each other, and my time heal your pain. God speed.
Lt. Eric Fenstermaker
Scipio Twp. Vol. Fire Dept.
THE CREATION OF THE FIREFIGHTER
When the Lord was creating Firefighters, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "Your doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said "Have you read the specification on this person? Firefighters have to be able to go for hours fighting fires or tending to a person that the usual every day person would never touch, while putting in the back of their mind the circumstances. They have to be able to move at a seconds notice and not think twice of what they are about to do, no matter what the danger. They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on half-eaten meals, and they must have six pairs of hands.
The Angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pair of hands... no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me the problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a Firefighter has to have."
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through the fire and where they and their fellow Firefighters should fight the fire next. Another pair here in the side of the head to see their fellow Firefighters and keep them safe. And another pair of eyes in the front so that they can look for the victims caught in the fire that need their help."
"Lord" said the angel, touching his sleeve, "Rest and work on this tommorrow."
"I can't" said the Lord, "I already have a model that can carry a 250 pound man down a flight of stairs and to safety from a burning building, and can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the Firefighter very slowly, Can it think?"
"You bet" said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred fires; and can recite procedures in their sleep that are needed to care for a person until they reach the hospital. And all the while they have to keep their wits about themselves. This Firefighter also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with a scene full of pain and hurt, coaxing a child's mother into letting go of the child so that they can care for the child in need. And still they rarely get the recongnition for a job well done from anybody, other than from fellow Firefighters."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheek of the Firefighter. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "Lord it's a tear. What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's a tear from bottled-up emotions for fallen comrades. A tear for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American Flag. It's a tear for all the pain and suffering they have encountered. And it's a tear for their commitment to caring for and saving lives of their fellow man!"
"What a wonderful feature Lord, you're a genious" said the angel.
The Lord looked somber and said, "I didn't put it there."
~~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN ~~
The Executive Board and Members of IAFF Local 3860, send our deepest Sympathy to Family and Friends. May God forever watch over the Chicago Fire Department and the families of our fallen Brothers.
With deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Merrell from Grays Harbor County Fire District Seven. We all lose when courageous men fall.
The officers and members of the McCook Metals Emergency Response Team wish to express their condolences to the family and the Chicago Fire Department on this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lt. Tommy Leerschen
McCook Metals LLC
Emergency Response Team
ON BEHALF OF THE MADDISO JEFFERSON DIVISION OF FIRE, SOUTHEAST OHIO EMS. GALLIA CO. EMS AND RESCUE AND MEIGS CO. EMS I WISH TO OFFER OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF YET ANATHER WARRIOR TAKEN TO GODS ARMS BY THE BEAST.
T. SHOPE FF/EMTP
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of LT.Merrell as well as to the brother's of Truck 24 who were injured.LT.Merrell will never be forgotten and may god watch over him as well as the brother's who are recovering from this tragedy.
Jay McCarthy ENGINE 11
New Haven Fire Dept.
I.A.F.F. LOCAL 825
On behalf ofthe members on the North Star VFD in North Pole, Alaska our hearts and prayers once again go out for the tragic loss of a Brother.
Chaplain Jeff Turkel
North Star VFD
Nort Pole, Alaska
On behalf of the Thomaston FD,Maine, I send
our thoughts and prayers to the family of
Lt.Murrell and the members of the Chicago FD.
We also pray for the recovery of the other
injuried firefighters. God bless you all.
My condolences to the family, close friends & the crew of Lt Merrel. Even from over the water this loss can be felt.
I am sure that he will greatly be missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him. He will always be with you, in your memories. Never let that go.
Will be thinking of you during this sad time.
Green Pond Fire & Rescue Department sends it condolences to the family of Lt. Merrell and to the members of the Chicago Fire Department.
Andrew "Andy" Coe
Green Pond Fire & Rescue Department
The members of the Crisfield Fire Department would like to express our most profound and heartfelt sympathy for the tragic loss of Brother Lt. Merrell. May God bless the family and friends, as well as the brothers and sisters of the Chicago Fire Department.
Crifield Fire Dept.
Crisfield, MD 21817
On behalf of the Guthrie Center Vol. Fire Dept., we want to send our condolences to the family, friends of Lt. Merrell and also to the members of the Chicago Fire Dept. May God bless you all.
On behalf of the members of the Orange Virginia Volunteer Fire Company, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the family and fellow firefighters. It is a true tragedy. May God Bless!
The members of the Old Bridge Vol. Fire Department East Brunswick Fire Dist. #1 send there regards to the families of Chicago Ladder 24. May God watch over you all.
JR. Fire Fighter
East Brunswick, NJ
The thoughts and prayers of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department are with the Chicago Fire Department in their time of need. It is trully tragic to lose one of our own and to know that another is not doing very well. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts. God Bless Americas Bravest.
Clinton Volunteer Fire Department
From the brothers and sisters of the Layton Fire Dept. we send our love and prayers to the members of the Chicago F.D. on their lost . May God bless and be with them and the families of the fallen and injured.
On behalf of IAFF Local 12, Wheeling Firefighters. We deeply regret to hear about the death of our brother in Chicago IAFF Local 2. We hope that you all may somehow find the strength you need to get through this tragedy. May god bless all of our brothers, and all of the lieutenants family.
Burnie Yoho (member)
IAFF Local 12
The members of Greenwood Vol Fire Co., Greenwood, Delaware wish to express their condolences to the family, friends, and members of Chicago Fire Department at the loss of their brother firefighter. Having recently lost one of our own, we understand the feelings your department is experiencing. If we can assist in anyway, please contact use, 302-349-4529
The Members of Greenwood Fire Dept.