When you get up this morning, roll over and kiss your spouse good morning, send your kids off to school and then you head off to work, remember this….it could be your last day alive! Two Kansas City, Missouri firefighters will never get that chance again! They will never see theirs kids, never see their wives, never see their families or friends, never see their brothers and sisters in red, never bitch about the union or next decline in a pay raise, never get to wash the fire engine, never get a chance to save your life! So, when you think how bad traffic sucks, how bad your boss sucks, how bad you yearn for a vacation, how bad you want a new car, how bad your child may be at school, how the bills keep coming….know this, those two firefighters ran into a burning building to save lives! That very life could have been yours! That very life could have been your child or loved one! Those two firefighters could have been running in after your dog or cat, personal belongings, pictures, momentos, a purse or wallet, all so you could have what is close to you.
Those two firefighters who put THEIR life on the line to save lives and property, will never get that chance again! They paid the ultimate sacrifice in a job they didn’t call a job! They paid the ultimate sacrifice in a job they swore to uphold to the fullest, to protect the citizens of their community. They paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect YOU! So, the next time you see a firefighter, police officer, paramedic, EMT, nurse or doctor, remember the training, endless hours away from family and the PASSION they have to help their fellow neighbor! The next time you see these everyday heros, remember that they do it for you, your family and your friends. The next time you see them, THANK them and let them know they are appreciated and although you hope to never see them arrive at your house, know that they stand ready to respond to your emergency! I stand and salute each and everyone of these everyday heros! THANK YOU! Feel free to SHARE…we all know someone who is a First Responder!
Article written by a father, husband and a brother firefighter Jeff Lewis