I wish people could see the sadness of a business as his livelihood goes up in flames.Or that family returning home,only to find their house and belongings lost for good.
I wish they could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trappedchildren,flames rolling above your head,your palms and knees burning as you crawl,the floor sagging under your weight as the room below you burns.
I wish they knew the unique smell of burning insulation,the taste of soot filled mucus,the feeling of intence heat through your turnout gear,the sound of flames crackling,the eeriness of being able to see absolutly nothing in dence smoke sensations i have become very familar with.
I wish they could understand how it feels to go to work in the morning after having spent most of the night hot & wet at a mutible alarm fire.
I wish they could read my mind as i responed to a structure fire "Is this a false alarmor a working fire"?How is the building constructed?What hazards await me is anyone trapped?
I wish they could realize the physical,emotional,and mental drain or missed meals ,lost sleep and forgone scocial activities in addition to all the tragedgy my eyes have seen.
I wish they could know how it feels to walk in the door and greet my family not having the heart to tell them that i nearly didn't come back from the last call.
I wish they could understand what it feels like to have a little boy or girl tugging at your arm and asking is mommy ok or is daddy ok not even being able to look intheir eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say.
Unless they live this kind of life they will never understand or appreciate who we are or what our job really means to us i sure wish they could though.

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Comment by lloyd on January 9, 2008 at 10:17pm
Our feelings and the heartache we feel at not being able to save everything and all life is not easily put into words, but you come very close. The empty feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we survey the loss of property or life is something that I would not wish on anybody, yet we continue to respond, knowing full well that the lives and property that we do save are worth all our effort. My best wishes go out to all my brothers and sisters in the fire and ems service.
Comment by Angel on November 1, 2007 at 1:50am
i totally agree!! alot of people wouldnt be able to do the things that firefighters or ems people do. i was a CNA but i have GREAT respect for yall the firefighters and ems people.

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