hello and welcome N……..we are all here in the same boat. Either mothers, wife or significant other to a firefighter. (or all of the above
I agree with you that the FF’s have been doing this a very long time and it seems the public has started paying attention,,,,too bad the 9-11 is what brought it on. My hubby is getting a little tired (embarrassed) of being stopped in the stores and thanked for being a “hero”. He just says “nope, not a hero, just doing my job but thanks”. Last weekend he stopped on the way home and was buying a 1/2 gallon of milk and another man wanted to pay for it to show his appreciation for the job he does. (husband was in his nomex)
Of course we have to laugh sometimes, like when the clerk at Walmart flirted and asked would he take her for a ride in his firetruck. At that I said “sure but you will have to ride on the back with the grandkids.” (she apparently did not realize we were together.) (and before anyone yells at me,,,,he has never taken the kids on a ride on the back of a truck)
We still have sons out and about on the lines…or staged some where. For the most part the work has slowed quite a bit up here in the northwest. They have had a few small incidents but really nothing major, excluding Oregon of course. still praying everyone returns home safely.