Now before you all get upset about the title of the discussion, I am NOT the one saying this. I would NEVER say that about my volunteer brothers or about any fire fighters. I have been a volunteer for my community for 8 PROUD years. Ive been promoted to Lieutenant and currently volunteer for two different departments. I love being a volunteer, Im proud to be a volunteer, I love helping my community, and I'm not afraid to tell people that.

Now the reason that I am posting this is to find out what you all think about what was said (the title) about me by a very close family member. The exact words were "he is nothing but a half ass fire fighter", (because I'm a volunteer). When i was told what this family member said about me I felt horrible. I felt hurt, betrayed, saddened, and so much more. Now my question to all of you: How would you feel if your, (ok ill say who), your father said that about you? What would you do? Would you confront him or just hold onto it?

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My family is proud to say I am a Volunteer firefighter. It sounds to me like this person and their father have some other issues going on. And, considering the majority of firefighters in the USA are volunteer, in never really understood the animosity some paid members have towards volunteers. I’ve seen good and bad firefighters in both paid and volunteer, and I’ve seen great firefighters in both paid and volunteer. The fact I do it as a volunteer, I feel a lot of times I have more of a commitment to my community than some paid members.

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