When a firefighter faces God -

The firefighter stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you firefighter, How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"

The firefighter squared his shoulders and said," No, Lord, I guess I ain't

Because those of us who fight fire, Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent, Because the streets are awfully tough

But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here

They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand.

"There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod

As the firefighter waited quietly, For the judgment of his God,

"Step forward now you firefighter, You've borne your burdens well,

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell.

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Comment by David Uhlich on May 24, 2008 at 4:09pm
very true and it really puts things in to perspective of what we deal with when we have calls
Comment by Dan Leach 45K6 on May 21, 2008 at 9:34pm
As a volunteer Fire Fighter for almost 10 years, I find this to be very true!!! You may respond to many call where their are a lot of people who will "piss" you off or where you will feel really bad or even hurt do to the call!! However just think of the good that you are doing for everyone else in the "world"!!!!

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