I took my 3-year-old granddaughter to Station 16 in San Francisco. It is located in an area known as Cow Hollow. A nice station in a residential neighborhood. The guy I met on the apparatus floor was a good fella. He was there on a staffing readjustment so it was not his home station. He let her sit in the cab and when I noticed some strange gear he told me they did water rescue. It was part of their duty to respond to jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge. It once again brought to mind the stuff we do. There is a line in the movie "From Here to Eternity." A sergeant says to two guys fighting, " You guys would puke your guts out if you saw a dead man." The people who belittle us and say we make too much money could not do what we do for a day. What we see in our careers would surely make the average person "puck their guts out." We do it in a professional manner and carry the pictures for the rest of our lives.
Maybe a ride along would give the politicians a better understanding of what our job really is. We fight fires, save lives, and take care of things most people will never see or imagine. We do what we do and it really frosts me when we are defamed.