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    (This has been floating around the net for a while I think, may be a repost. Anyway, enjoy/discuss/criticize.)

    This pretty well sums it up. Please feel free to share it as you see
    fit.

    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 and 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 and ask
    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, knowing she will never go on her first date or say the words,
    "I love you Mommy", ever 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 wife 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 of 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
    my 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 TO THE RIGHT
    QUICKLY, and THEN PRAY FOR THEM!
    "Plan for the worst, hope for the best"

    FF/EMT: Nimishillen Township FD
    EMT: AMR
    Fire/EMS/Police Dispatcher: CenCom
    Student: Stark State C.O.T.


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    I may be one of the few, but I haven't seen this before. I like it. Thanks for posting it.

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    Thanks, I had chill bumps running on me as I read it!
    Chief
    Wren Volunteer Fire Department
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    http://www.wrenfiredepartment.4t.com/

    In Memory of:
    FireFighter/Pilot James Archer
    1946-2005
    "Rest in peace James, you now have the ultimate set of wings on you."

    Thanks, LeuitEFDems

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadRob
    I may be one of the few, but I haven't seen this before. I like it. Thanks for posting it.
    DITTO!




    Kevin
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    "Fir na tine"

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    Excellant Post
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Douglas R. Patton
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    "Omnis Cedo Domus"
    I am now a former Chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone.
    Isaiah 6:8

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    excellent post, you never really think about what your really thinking when your on the way to a scene, its almost automatic, but it does a really good job portraying it.

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    Excellent posting...I may take this and place it in the local paper...
    FF/NREMT-B

    FTM-PTB!!

    Brass does not equal brains.

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to control it.

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    Its been around for a while. I used it in a presentation on what it takes to become a ff in my sophmore year of HS in 2001.
    FF I
    FF II
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    The light at the end of the tunnel has been temporarly shut off due to the current work load. The Mangement

    When all else fails USE DUCT-TAPE!!!

    My views posted in this fourm are my personal views only and do not reflect on any agencies that I am afiliated with.

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    That's deep...that's really deep...

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    I must say wow

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    I have that hanging on my locker at the station. I really like it and think it portrays this job pretty much to a T.
    Firefighter/EMT-B
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadRob
    I may be one of the few, but I haven't seen this before. I like it. Thanks for posting it.
    Your not alone, first time i've seen it to.
    Ryan
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    FTM-PTB EGH RFB KTF DTRT
    Leather Forever

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