In Memory of Steven Coakley
(FDNY, Brooklyn, Engine 217)

The Call

Sirens filled the station
Urgent was the code
I suited up with honor
And to the call I rode

The building was on fire
I rushed in without a clue
Many lives to save, I thought
A job I love to do

Racing up the stairway
Not knowing of my fate
It never crossed my mind
That Death was there to wait

Tears filled every eye
And horror, every scream
I've never saw such heartache
Was it all a dream?

Reality found its moment
When darkness filled my light
Its hard to feel emotion
When there's a fire raging bright

So on I pushed: unknowing
That never would I see
Another glimpse of earthly life
My soul would soon be free

I will never know the people
Whose lives I saved today
For in my act of selflessness
My world; it slipped away

But one thing is for certain
I shall forever hear the call
For Courage and for Bravery
That lies within us all.


[ 09-24-2001: Message edited by: Shaye' ]