here's to firefighters, all!

always at your beck and call

challenging a flaming hell at the ringing of a bell.

unknown heroes dressed in blue

they give up their lives for you

vigilant and unafraid

volunteer or city paid

pray for them as they go past

for every ride may be their last.


Author Unknown

There's a picture in my firehall that's been there "forever". this poem is on that picture, with the background being a collage scene of a high rise 'taxpayer' type building on fire, and a firefighter rescuing a female victim. the painting itself was done by a nun from an unknown convent. this painting will forever be in my head, depicting my first impressions of the fire service.

by A.P. McWhinney