From whence we came:
There were no badges or symbols on their chest. They were knights engaged in battle when suddenly their brothers were up against a new enemy:
Against all odds and facing certain death, they rescued their fellow knights. They knew the risk, they were trained, and they wore their armor.
For their bravery, they were awarded the Maltese Cross. They were considered the first firefighters.
Their are records of fire brigades as far back as 115 B.C. But the title of firefighter didn’t appear until this moment.
They were more than employees. They took an oath not a job. They fulfilled a calling not a line on a payroll folder. They left a mark on history not just a brief memory.
They gave of themselves for the sake of others. They had no other ambition but to save them. They had no thought of reward nor recognition.
This is the why they were given the title of “firefighter” because even though the position had existed prior to them, no one had earned the name which we proudly carry on today.
As we mourn the loss of two of our own firefighters who died yesterday, pause for a moment and ask yourself:
Do I truly understand the responsibilities that I am tasked with?
If so, you have realized your calling. You will not be pinned down by complacency not hide from responsibility behind a policy. You will be the one making a difference every day because deep in your heart this is what you were meant to do.
Welcome back to your calling..