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    Today we lost the person that I could best relate to in this crazy world of ours. I've been a paid fireman since 1982 and a NASCAR fan since 1983 and Dale Earnhardt always seemed like the kind of guy I'd want next to me, pushing the line down the hallway with. All guts and no sympathy for excuses.

    Some say in this business of ours we are adrenilan junkies, that may be true, but if not for race cars, I could see Dale running the line with the best of us.

    Where do we go from here? I know I will continue to live my life "Balls out" and to do my best at every job i attend. The next room and contents I knock down will be for Dale. He might have worked in a different industry, but he was cut from the same cloth firemen are made from..............Jake

  • #2
    My heart is heavy.
    I'm not really a big nascar fan, but, like you I've always admired Earnhardt.

    It seems that the best are always called home early (before their time).

    To quote Billy Joel... Only the Good Die Young.

    Our prayers are with his family.



    • #3
      Missed the race, but saw the crash on the news... don't know what to say, gonna miss the "Intimidator"... May God watch over his friends, family, and fellow racers, and us all.

      I know this may sound tacky, but at least he got to leave us doing what he enjoyed. I should be so lucky...

      [This message has been edited by lumpy649 (edited 02-18-2001).]


      • #4
        I too am saddened today because Dale was, no IS my favorite NASCAR driver he ,like Jake said, was a guy that I could relate too. He was a guy who is like most of the Firemen I know, he was a guy who was a joker always joking around but when it came down to doing his job he became the opposite and concentrated on one thing- getting the job done and doing it right and professionally.
        No.3 will be missed not only by me but by many, many others.

        The statements above are my own opinions

        FF Greg Grudzinski
        Oaklyn Fire Dept.
        Station 18-3


        • #5
          When I heard that Dale Earnhardt had pasted away, my jaw literally droped. Like someone said on another reply. "I am not a big Nascar fan but I admired Dale's Courage. I almost cried, because It's like God will take u when u least expect it. Just before the race he was hugging and kissing his son and wife. I pray to god that his family is ok.


          • #6
            Add another huge Dale Earnhardt fan to the rest. You have to respect a man that did for the sport what he did. I can also relate to what others of you say relating him to a firefighter. Aggressive, taking chances, yet learning something new each time out to use the next time out. I watched the race and wondered exactly how bad things were when I noticed EMS running emergency from the track. He's definitely someone who should be looked up to and admire. I only hope when I go it's doing something I love.


            • #7
              I am at a loss, When I was notifed I almost cried, at least I wanted to. Dale was not my favorite driver to say the least, mostly because he was soo good. Needless I often found myself rooting for him, and now his son. So now as I sit here in disbelief I wonder how the nascar world can replace the greatest driver of all time. I feel like I just have lost a fellow firefighter. I only hope that God knows what kind of man he has coming to his victory lane

              Kevin Wiseman
              Oklahoma State University School Of Fire Protection
              Ponderosa FD, Houston Texas


              • #8
                Whether you were an Earnhardt fan, or not, you had to respect the man. You knew he was the best, you knew he was the one to beat, and you knew he would always be near the front.

                My sixteen year old son is a Mark Martin fan, Rousch racing really, so Earnhardt was the "enemy", until today. He attended his first Daytona 500, and called me on the way home after the news broke. He was in disbelief, very somber, and a true NASCAR fan.

                No matter who you wanted to see win, you wanted all of them to finish. The Intimidator will be missed among all NASCAR fans.


                • #9
                  NASCAR truly lossed a living legend of the sport today. I am deeply saddened by this loss and wish his family the best in their time of sadness.

                  Rest in Peace

                  Kevin M. Fitzhenry, [email protected]
                  Firefighter, Truck Co. 2
                  City of Bayonne (NJ) FD


                  • #10
                    Man i just can't believe it!, sad but true. I wasn't the biggest dale fan, but sure did admire him because he had a set, and wasn't afraid to show it. I bet right now he's sitting around with Neil, Davey, and Alan talking about the old times. Will nascar be the same?. Rest in peace Dale


                    • #11
                      There is always one guy you think could never pass, and for me and Nascar, that man was Dale Earnhart. He seemed like the kind of guy you sit down and talk man to man with, open up a beer and have a good time, but don't cross him, because he IS the Intimidator. I must admit, I am not the biggest Dale Earnhart fan, or even Nascar for that matter, but i was always in his corner. But take to heart gentlemen, he died doing something he loved and there has to be something in that. Next time you go to work, before you go, hug your wife, your kids, and your dog, becuase you might be on the last turn of that last lap, and fate might be there to meet you. God Bless the Dale Earnharts of the world. They make life fun.

                      "When the bell goes ding-ding, its time to get on the woo-woo."
                      "Dusting desire - starting to learn. Walking through fire with out a burn..."
                      Youngstown Fire Department


                      • #12
                        I am a big NASCAR fan and # 28 fan. The loss of D.E. saddens me greatly..........
                        My pryers goes out to his family and friends.

                        Lt. E-12 FF/EMT-P
                        Local 3318


                        • #13
                          When i heard of his passing tonight, i thought my friends were joking. I could barely speak when i found out it was true. I'm a Gordan fan, but have always enjoyed watching him race. He definately was one of the best NASCAR has had or ever will have. And he will definately be missed.

                          However, there is one thing that is really beginning to irratate me. Why do the news networks feel the need to show the replay 4-5 times in a row? Its even on nascar.com. How sick has our country become?

                          #3 R.I.P.


                          • #14
                            I saw the race saw the wreck and i then went to the firehouse for our sunday night bingo, about 8:15 turned on the old boob tube and saw the sad news and me and a bunch of guys just sat there watchin and i know myself i couldnt beleve it.

                            God bless The #3 When he takes the checkers on the big track in the sky!!!

                            #3 #45 #7 #28 #42 #51


                            • #15
                              I am not a NASCAR fan, never have been, never will be. Tonight I am saddened for Dale's family, his friends, and his fans. Even though I'm not a racing fan, I did respect Dale for his courage and his tenacity. May "The Intimidator" rest in peace...

                              Glenn Ralston
                              Bay Ridge Fire-Rescue
                              [email protected]


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