WHEN THE TRUCKS ARE DELAYED 40 SECONDS IN TRAFFIC,

PEOPLE SAY: " IT TOOK THEM 20 MINUTES TO GET HERE."



WHEN THE TRUCK RACES AT 40 MPH, ITS "LOOK AT THOSE RECKLESS FOOLS."



WHEN FOUR MEN STRUGGLE WITH AN EIGHT-MAN LADDER: "THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO RAISE A LADDER."



WHEN FIREMEN OPEN WINDOWS FOR VENTILATION TO REDUCE HEAT IN FIGHTING A FIRE: LOOK AT THE WRECKING CREW."



WHEN THEY OPEN THE FLOOR TO GET AT THE BLAZE: " THERE GOES THE AXE SQUAD."



IF THE CHIEF STANDS BACK WHERE HE CAN SEE AND DIRECT HIS MEN, PEOPLE SAY: "HE'S AFRAID TO GO WHERE HE SENDS HIS MEN."



IF THEY LOSE A BUILDING: "IT'S A LOUSY DEPARTMENT."



IF THEY MAKE A GOOD "STOP" PEOPLE SAY: "THAT FIRE DIDN'T AMOUNT TO MUCH."



IF LOTS OF WATER IS NECESSARY: "THEY ARE DOING MORE DAMAGE WITH WATER THAN THE FLAMES."



IF A FIREMAN GETS HURT: "HE WAS A CARELESS GUY."



IF A CITIZEN GETS HURT: " ITS A CRAZY DEPARTMENT."



IF A FIREMAN INSPECTS A CITIZENS PROPERTY: "HE'S MEDDLING IN SOMEBODY'S BUSINESS."



IF HE WANTS A FIRE HAZARD CORRECTED: "I'LL SEE THE MAYOR."



IF HE GETS KILLED AND LEAVES A FAMILY DESTITUTE: "THAT'S THE CHANCE HE TOOK WHEN HE JOINED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT."

-AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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Comment by ken mackey on November 29, 2008 at 10:54pm
It is unfortunate that the boo birds seem to sing the loudest. But I know we have plenty of friends out there. Most of us do not do this for the glory, truth is recognition is rare, we do it because it is what we are supose to do. There is a call for help and we go, it just our nature.
Comment by Alan on November 29, 2008 at 10:38pm
How true. Even when we respond to emergencies, people will see us in our POV's with our lights flashing and still won't even pull over. But if they were the ones with the emergency they would ask what took us so long to get to them. People continuously amaze me with their attitudes. But everyone once in a while, they actually stop and say thanks and that makes this job worth it. Stay safe out there.
Comment by jerry baldwin on November 29, 2008 at 5:24pm
absolutely right on all points, brother. then again i think we all knew we were getting into a thankless job when we joined up. i can see that you are an intellegent and thoughtful person and i would like to be added to your friends list. in the mean time God bless and stay safe out there.
Comment by Robin Inman on November 29, 2008 at 12:53pm
Sadly, this is a true attitude too many times.....folks that are in jobs where they protect others such as Fire Fighters, Emergency Personnel, Police and Military Personnel. Alot of society judges that they get paid too much, have too many benefits. What they forget is that when there is danger these are the folks that jump in and put their lives on the line to help save them. That's what make these people so wonderful, they do their job regardless of the attitude of others, they do their jobs, do it well to the best of their abilities because this is truly their calling.....and Thank God for that.

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