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    I was a firefighter in Texas for five years. My career was ended in 2015 due to injury from a building collapse. I suffered a dislocated hip, fractured femur and torn ligaments in my knee. Due to permanent damage to my hip and knee, I am no longer able to perform the duties and thus my career ended.
    my question is what would be appropriate to claim as my title? I hate saying "Ex-firefighter" it just rings as dishonorable, or like I got fired. Though having served on a retirement for only five years I don't feel justified in saying "Retired Fighter". So my question to the community is what label should I use when talking about my short career as a firefighter?
    My Captain (whom I'll still very close to) says once a firefighter, always a firefighter. And leaves it at that lol. What say you, the community?
    My favorite training photo. Just because...
    Last edited by pecancreek742; 01-24-2018, 01:54 PM. Reason: Sorry for posting in the wrong section!
    It's not what you do... It's who you are...

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    I'm a firefighter, but that job almost killed me so now I work as a..................

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      How does this come up in the first place? I guess when I introduce myself I just say my name and then if people want more info I give it. In your case if they want to know what you did or how you got hurt then explain. I was a firefighter for the XYZ Fire department but was severely injured and forced to retire.
      Crazy, but that's how it goes
      Millions of people living as foes
      Maybe it's not too late
      To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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        It normally comes up because people ask about my thin red line sticker on my Jeep, as well as I wear a thin red line flag patch on my uniform, rather than a standard flag. But the primary reason I ask is because I was directly asked "are you an ex-firefighter or retired?" By my nephew, and I honestly wasn't quite sure how to answer.

        ​​​​​​Didn't intend to mislead, but 95% of the time these discussions happen amongst family and close friends, not random people. My sister and dad in particular like to talk about it whether I'm around or not, the same as they discuss my other sister being a Marine. So...yeah. The question came up several times and as I don't want to claim something that possibly isn't mine to claim, so I figured I'd ask the community! No harm in that.
        It's not what you do... It's who you are...

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          former firefighter? firefighter who suffered a career ending injury? I think you are over thinking this.
          If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

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