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Firefighters- Remembered

by Loraine Ritchey

Just a couple of weeks ago I crossed the Millenium Bridge over the Thames to walk the way to St. Paul’s, a carpet of red poppies and wreaths lying along side a building caught my eye. I wandered from my intended route to the Cathedral to see why they were laid .

The wreaths came from all over the world, from individual firefighters and firehouses, from Bombay to Boston. Was this the scene of some great fire or recent disaster, as I looked around I saw the reason

Memorial to Firefighters, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

In the last few days I have received hundreds of hits on this site on an information piece I put up with regard to a local firefighter John Volak. It seems most of the traffic is being driven here by the image accompanying the piece.

I couldn’t find the original “source” for this image to give credit where credit is due but it is very powerful .

The image of the firefighter is one who will give his life and love to save , to enter the flaming hell so that our lives,homes and businesses can continue.

There are many images and memorials such as the one in our little public square in Lorain, every bit as important as the great memorials in the great cities as they all honor bravery and unselfishness

Lorain’s Firefighter Memorial- Veterans Park – Photo Renee Dore

However in searching I came across another image which also tells the human side of the firefighter

When I am called to duty, God
Wherever Flames may rage
Give me the strength to same some life
Whatever Be its age
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property
And if according to your will
I have to loose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

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October 22, 2008 at 2:05 am 5 comments



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