To be a fireman

I have no ambition in this world but one
And that is to be a fireman
The position may in the eyes of some
Appear to be a lowly one
But those who know the the work
Which a fireman has to do
Believe his is a Nobel calling
Our proudest moment is to save...lives
Under the impulse of such thoughts
The nobility of the occupation thrills us
And stimulates us to deeds of daring
Even of supreme sacrifice

Edward f. Crocker

chief of department

FDNY

1899-1911