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.
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