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    ChapCapt
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    Red face Thought this was worth sharing

    I wish you could know what it is like too search a burning bedroom
    for trapped children, flames rolling above your head, your palms and
    knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as
    the kitchen below you burns.

    I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 3 in the morning
    as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none.
    I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively
    it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everything possible was
    done to try to save his life.

    I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of
    soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout
    gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see
    absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.

    I wish you could understand how it feels to go to work in the
    morning after having spent most of the night, hot and soaking wet at
    a multiple alarm fire.

    I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a building fire
    "Is this a false alarm or a working fire? How is the building
    constructed? What hazards await me? Is anyone trapped?"

    Or to an EMS call, "What is wrong with the patient? Is it minor or
    life-threatening? Is the caller really in distress or is he waiting for
    us with a 2x4 or a gun?"

    I wish you could be in the emergency room as a doctor pronounces
    dead the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save
    during the past 25 minutes. Who will never go on her first date
    or say the words, I love you Mommy" again.

    I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the
    engine or my personal vehicle, the driver with his foot pressing down
    hard on the pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air horn
    chain, as you fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in
    traffic.

    When you need us however, your first comment upon our arrival
    will be, "It took you forever to get here!"

    I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of
    teenage years from the remains of her automobile. "What if this
    was my daughter, my sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were her
    parents reactions going to be when they opened the door to find a
    police officer with hat in hand?"

    I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet
    my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly
    did not come back from the last call.

    I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally, and sometimes
    physically, abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their
    attitudes of "It will never happen to me."

    I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain or
    missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to
    all the tragedy my eyes have seen.

    I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of
    helping save a life or preserving someone's property, or being able to
    be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.

    I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy
    tugging at your arm and asking, "Is Mommy okay?" Not even being
    able to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not
    knowing what to say.

    Or to have to hold back a long time friend who
    watches his buddy having rescue breathing done on him as they
    take him away in the ambulance. You know all along he did not have
    his seat belt on.

    A sensation that I have become too familiar with.

    Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly understand or
    appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to us.

    ...I wish you could though.

    -author unknown-

    PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND KEEP SENDING
    IT ON. APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL EMS WORKERS, FIREFIGHTERS, LAW
    ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN YOUR AREA. ONE DAY THEY'LL PROBABLY BE SAVING
    YOUR PROPERTY OR YOUR OWN LIFE. WHEN YOU SEE THEM COMING WITH LIGHTS FLASHING,
    MOVE OUT OF THE WAY QUICKLY. THEN PRAY FOR THEM.

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    nubs84
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    thank you, i wish everyone in the world could read this, thank you

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    DJBuzz
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    Sir, that was the most beautiful thing I have ever read. As I absorbed thid into my brain, my heart, I had to pause repeatedly to wipe the tears from my eyes. I, too, wish that everyone could be fortunate enough to read this, so that they may understand what we really go through. Rest assured that this will be printed, framed, and placed in the common room in our station. Thank You.

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    DJBuzz
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    Sir, that was the most beautiful thing I have ever read. As I absorbed thid into my brain, my heart, I had to pause repeatedly to wipe the tears from my eyes. I, too, wish that everyone could be fortunate enough to read this, so that they may understand what we really go through. Rest assured that this will be printed, framed, and placed in the common room in our station. Thank You.

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    Philip C
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    Thanks for sharing that. I in turn sent it to friends and family, both firefighters and not; some replied it made them cry. Take care and be safe.

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    Phil Clinard
    Laurel VFD
    Prince George's Co Sta 10
    Laurel, MD
    www.laurelvfd.org

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    Fireguy57
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    That was the most heart-felt truth that I have ever read! When I first began to read, I could already feel the tears come to my eyes.
    And, yet it brings so many thoughts to my mind. I can remember standing outside my apartment complex watching it become fully involved with my neighbor trapped inside, that never made it out. And even though fire was pouring out of every window, door, and the roof, our volunteer firemen did everything possible to attempt the rescue that was so much impossible. I know that they knew the danger, and it was evident as his turnout gear was melted when he came back out. Thank you for posting that, I'm going to hang that up in our hall for that firefighter whom I related.

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    tigger
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    OK, as I wipe that tears away, I also have goosebumps. I have read something very close to that before, and when I first read it, it took me a while to read, because it's hard to read when your eyes are filled with tears.
    Very touching! This, too will go up in my station.
    Thanks!!

    tigger

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    Pull to the Right for Sirens & Lights!

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    Brian Dunlap
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    Excellant Piece of Reading---I also shared this with freinds/family members who never quite understood why we do what we do

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    Les.H
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    What can one say?

    At a time like this - not a lot. Great piece. Have shared it with some friends who were touched by the content.

    I liked your last touch about moving over quickly, I wish they would.

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    Kindest regards & keep safe,

    Sprinkle (UK)

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    IRISH95
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    SIR,
    THANK YOU, THIS I FEEL REPLACES THE FIREFIGHTER'S PRAYER. I READ THIS LAST WEEK IN A PARADE PROGRAM, AND I ADMIT IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES TOO. YOU HAVE ELOQUENTLY EXPRESSED WHAT I FEEL EVERY FIREFIGHTER FEELS.

    MAY WE ALL RETURN SAFE!

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