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    Every third day I go to work with my extended family. We don't always agree on everything like most families. I take pride in myself, the job that I do, and the organization in which I belong. Sometimes there is indifference with personalities. I look at the open locker doors and I see what is important in my brothers lives. Our families are the most important things in our lives. We are the most important things in our families lives. We celebrate the birth of one of our members children or embrace them when there is loss in the family. Even our departments' Christmas Eve is special, assembling toys for our kids. Sometimes we are very divided on our opinions about things.
    A Texas tragedy really pulled our department together. The Lake Worth church fire in February of 1999 is where brothers Brian Collins, Phillip Dean, and Garry Sanders lost their lives in the line of duty. I was on shift the day of the fire and watched the story unfold in the television news.
    Lake Worth isn't close to where I work. Neither is Worcester, Mass. or Houston, Texas where we lost brothers and a sister.
    This made my heart ache for the families.
    I remember attending the memorial service for Collins, Dean, and Sanders with my dad(a retired paid-on-call firefighter) and being stopped by a reporter outside the church. I was reluctant to speak to him. The reporter asked, "Why did you come so far to pay your respects?" I looked at my dad, both of us with tears in our eyes, and replied to the reporter," It doesn't matter where you're from, it's respect" "They would have done it for me"
    I never knew Brian Collins, Phillip Dean, or Garry Sanders, but they are my brothers just the same. They did what I do.
    Some of our guys stood on the corner and collected money for the fallen firefighters families. I know of one of our guys that went out to the River Oaks Fire Station and helped out by cleaning and mopping and just being supportive.
    We sent a engine company to the funerals.
    Our different opinions and indifference was gone for a while. We pulled together for our fallen brothers and their families. My heart goes out to my brothers. I never forget what's important. I see what's on the open locker doors every shift.
    God bless and keep it safe!
    joejoe33

    [This message has been edited by joejoe33 (edited 05-22-2001).]

    [This message has been edited by joejoe33 (edited 05-22-2001).]

    [This message has been edited by joejoe33 (edited 05-22-2001).]

  • #2
    Could not agree more brother.....way to go!

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    • #3
      This post is one of the reasons I love this job so much. You can't find any other career, even policework (in my opinion) that has a closer group of people.

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      • #4
        We are all Brothers and Sisters that just haven't had the priveledge of meeting yet.

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        • #5
          I have witnessed the examples of brotherhood. On June 17th, 1997 , I attended the dedication of the Vendome Memorial in Boston. Approximately 10,000 firefighters came to honor the memory of 9 brave men who died at the Vendome Hotel fire that happened over 20 years before.

          On December 9th, 1999, I attended the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Service. over 30,000 firefighters from all over the world came to pay their respects to the Worcester 6.

          On September 16th, 2000, I attended the 14th annual IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service in Colorado Springs. Over 3000 firefighters from the United States and Canada came out to honor the memories of the 59 IAFF firefighters who died in the line of duty from July 1999 to July 2000.

          Brotherhood is more than going to firefighter funerals and memorial services. It's being able to stop into any firehouse in the country and being made welcome. We all share the same experiences, political games and personalities....the only things that change are the names of the communities and the names of the firefighters!

          Firefighters have two familes...the one they live with and the one they work with...and both of them are intertwined.

          If only we could get along on these forums like we do at the firehouse....come to think of it, it's just about the same, isn't it?

          We have our share of agreements and disagreements, but if we were together when the tones go off or the bells start tapping, we would be in it together!

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          Firefighters: Today's heroes protecting everyone's tomorrows!
          Captain Gonzo




          [This message has been edited by Captain Gonzo (edited 05-22-2001).]

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          • #6
            Ditto...From a brother...

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            • #7
              Nothing can be more true to what has been written.

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              • #8
                FTM - PTB - EGH

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                • #9
                  AMEN!!! enough said!!!!!!!!!

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                  • #10
                    You nailed it right on the head brother! And from someone who fought along side Brian and Phillip at times, thanks to you and your dept.

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                    • #11
                      Thought this was interesting:

                      Brothers

                      What do you call that person,
                      The one you owe your life?
                      What do you call that friend,
                      That helped you in your strife?
                      Who is it that you call for,
                      When death is at your door?
                      Who is it that you pray for,
                      when your knees fall to the floor?
                      In life we have those few,
                      Who we count on without fear,
                      They stand beside you endlessly,
                      and help you shed your tear.
                      They help face the demons,
                      That come for us at night,
                      They boldly stand beside us,
                      Beside us they stand to fight,
                      When they fall,
                      We are there,
                      To fight along their side,
                      And when they fear,
                      We are there,
                      to give them a place to hide.
                      Through all time,
                      Back and forth,
                      Never keeping count,
                      We stand, Beside each other,
                      Wherever trouble mounts,
                      It is this special bond,
                      That leads one to give his life,
                      So that the other one,
                      Can return safely to his wife,
                      It is because of this relationship,
                      And reasons so few can see,
                      That every other firefighter,
                      Known or unknown to me,
                      Will be called my Brother,
                      And their Brother will I be.

                      Author Unknown

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                      • #12
                        WOW! I do not think that anything else could have been put in a better way! That poem was great and it is the truth. Stay safe!



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                        -JaY-

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                        • #13
                          Amen, Brother's!!!

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                          • #14
                            what can i say.....
                            i love all of you firefighters/paremedics!!!!!
                            even the haz-mats he eheh eh
                            station #2
                            s.f.f.d
                            dan

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                            • #15
                              My helmets off to you brothers. What you wrote is so ture.

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