Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the firehouse: Not a firefighter was stirring, not even the Webteam; The hoses were hung out to dry with great care for the night, In hopes that a job would soon come in;
Firehouse Forum members were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of a huge job danced through their heads;
And Sheri in her Ďkerchief, and I with boxers on my laptop, Had just settled our brains for a short winterís nap. When out on Amsterdam Avenue there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon over Manhattan revealed there was no snow but, there was a glow like mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a fire engine and ChiefReason leading the crew. With tools in hand and a hose line to fill, They seemed more determined than ever to chop a hole in my new roof; I knew in a moment it must be CaptainGonzo and Crew.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
"Now, NJFFSA16! Now, Captstanm1! Now, Bones42 and Adze39!
On, FlyingKiwi, on E229Lt, on Weruj1 and GeorgeWendtCFI too!
To the top of the ladder! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the rig full of tools, and ChiefReason too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing of Truckeeís on my new roof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney CaptainGonzo and crew came with a bound.
He was dressed in his Turnout, from his head to his shoes, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of tools he had flung on his back, and he looked like a perp just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled like **** in the snow! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose all runny just after a good job! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his rig, to his Crew gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"
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12-24-2004, 12:35 PM #1
Twas the night before Christmas
Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 12-24-2005 at 11:53 AM.ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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12-24-2004, 02:46 PM #2
- Join Date
- Oct 2001
- Jefferson, Oregon
LOL! Thanks, that was great!
Merry Christmas to all of you; may it be a safe and peaceful one."The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle."
12-24-2004, 03:57 PM #3
Ray....I love ya man! Merry Christmas to you, the family and the Cavemen!Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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12-24-2004, 04:24 PM #4
That was very good Brother.
Merry Christmas to all.
Stay Safe and Well Out There....
Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers
12-24-2004, 07:55 PM #5
Well done!! I think you earned a few points for that one
12-24-2004, 08:38 PM #6
Great poem Ray !
that is flat out AWESOME !!!!!!IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
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I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
"but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
12-24-2004, 10:09 PM #7
Is that you in the Santa suit mooning us?IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
12-25-2004, 12:48 AM #8
From Captain Gonzo and his trusty crusty crew, a safe and merry Christmas to each and every one of you!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
12-25-2004, 11:03 AM #9
Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year from the sunshine state
12-25-2004, 02:12 PM #10
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- Feb 2003
Great post Ray I laughed my ***** off. Merry Christmas to all and to all a quiet night.
12-25-2004, 02:27 PM #11
- Join Date
- May 2002
- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
Now THAT was funny!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Ray!
And Merry Christmas to everyone else too! Hope Santa was good to you allSeptember 11th - Never Forget
I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.
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RAY WAS HERE FIRST
12-26-2004, 11:50 AM #12
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- Oct 1999
- Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas
I agree, that was great. One to be remembered next year and so forth.NREMT-P\ Volunteer Fire Chief\Tactical Paramedic
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