He's the guy next door.

He's the man's man with the sharp memory
of a little boy who never got over the
excitement of engines and sirens and smoke and danger.

He's a guy like you and me with warts
and worries and unfulfilled dreams.

Yet he stands taller then most of us.
He's a fireman.
He puts it all on the line when the bell rings.

A fireman is at once the most fortunate
and the least fortunate of men.

He's a man who savors life because he has see too much death.
He's a gentle man because he has seen too much of the
awesome power of violent forces out of control.
He's a man responsive to a childs' laughter because his arms
have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again.

He's a man who appreciates the simple pleasures of life...
hot coffee held in numbed, unbending fingers.. the flush
of fresh air pumping through smoke and fire convulsed lungs...
a warm bed for bone and muscle compelled beyond feeling...
the comraderie of brave men and women.. the devine peace of
selfless service and a job well done in the name of all men.

He doesn't wear buttons or wave flags or shout obscenities
and when he marches, its to honor a fallen comrade.

He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man...


This was hanging in our station. I do not know who wrote it or where it came from. But it has alot of truthful meaning.. Hope you all enjoy..

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Comment by Paul Stoops on August 14, 2009 at 7:46am
Great poem! Enjoyed it very much.
Comment by Kayela Cant on August 12, 2009 at 12:10pm
that definitely embodies the principles that a firefighter should live by.
Comment by tomas a stretch on August 12, 2009 at 10:46am
That is good,I think there should more things like that in the fire houses,It has alot of truth too it,
Comment by Rusty Mancini on August 12, 2009 at 1:31am
Great poem..It's the truth! Thank You for sharing it.
Comment by Michael Simpson on April 10, 2009 at 5:39pm
excellent think i'll put it up at my station also
Comment by Jeremy Bell on April 10, 2009 at 2:12am
I am glad it shows selflessness and humbleness and not some of the EGO issues in the service .thanks for defining it for everyone.i like reading positive posts like this thanks!!!!
Comment by Fire Chick on January 3, 2009 at 8:40am
very good enjoyed this very much
Comment by anne potter on January 2, 2009 at 11:25pm
Very nice poem .. Enjoyed going to hang this up in my firehouse
Comment by Wes Anders on January 2, 2009 at 9:38pm
Very Good I really enjoyed it.
Comment by FIRE BEAR on January 2, 2009 at 8:34pm
I like the poem thank you

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