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As one of my relatives noted in a Christmas card last December, “PS: Firemen are BIG now!” Sad but true–9/11 spawned a huge wave of awe and respect for firefighters–glorified, and rightly so. That so many lives lost in an instant made Americans appreciate our ff’s is not surprising; I only wish more folks would remember that they’ve ALWAYS been here, behind the scenes, quietly saving lives and property, doing their jobs, sacrificing themselves, relationships, milestones…
As a wife of 22 years, let me share a word about brotherhood. A couple of years ago, one of our two daughters graduated from high school. Her dad was on a wildfire, and wouldn’t be released until the day after the event. One of his fellow ff’s and a long-time friend called and said, “I know he can’t be there. I would be honored to attend her graduation and be her dad for the evening.” His own daughter was graduating the night before, but he was willing to sit through yet another long, boring commencement. His concern and thoughtfulness literally left me speechless.
These are the heroes.â€¨N.