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2004
  • 08/09/2004
  • WildlandFire.com Team
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Mellie…Nerd

Not saying people should bag the signage. It was, as Nerd questioned, in tongue- in -cheek pro- sign. Meant as a small tribute to both the fire fighters and communities. I’ve seen the signs on many fires and they always amaze and humble me. They are a nice thing to see when coming off shift. I, like Nerd, have felt a little embarrassed at times with the attention at the country store or community meetings during the fire. The driving force for these people to go out of their way to paint signs or to get over their embarrassment to approach a fire fighter is a pleasure to see. This world has turned too negative in my opinion and it’s good to see the positive display of these signs.

The emotional issues the story attempted to showcase was not to say that all fire fighters tear up with feelings as they read the signs but that there is a certain amount of thought given to the tour of duty just completed and of family and friends now that the assignment is over. Speaking for myself I’ve nearly been brought to tears thinking about my family as I passed these signs…missing my son’s first birthday…my daughters third. My soon to be ex-wife spending my OT money before I could get home.

Thank you fire fighters …I appreciate your comments.

Oliver

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