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    Default Wish you could know

    I do not know who wrote this but I thought it was cool.



    "I Wish You Could Know"
    >
    >I wish you could know what it is like to search a
    >burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, 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 6 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 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
    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, squad, 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, sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were
    her
    >parents
    >reaction 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
    know how
    >it feels dispatching
    >officers, firefighters and EMT's out and when we call for them and
    our
    >heart
    >drops because no one answers back or to here a bone chilling 911 call
    of a
    >child
    >or wife needing assistance. 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 CPR done on him as they take him away in the
    >Medic
    >Unit. 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.
    >
    >KEEP SENDING THIS ON. APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE
    >LOCAL EMS WORKERS, 911 DISPATCHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND 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, AND THEN PRAY FOR THEM!
    Training does not make perfect. Training makes permanent!

    IACOJ probie


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    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

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    Training does not make perfect. Training makes permanent!

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