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  • Trying to find a quote

    A while back, I found a quote somewhere on the internet. I believe it was by a former FDNY chief from the late 1800s. I think it started out: "I have but one ambition in life and that is to be a fireman"
    I have been trying to find it again but have had no luck. Hoping someone can help.

    Stay Safe!

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    Here's the full text of the quote you're looking for:


    "I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his it a noble calling. There it an adage which says that, "Nothing can be destroyed except by fire." We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. (But, above all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men-the work of God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life onto make us serve the general purpose of human society."


    -- Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

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