What is a firefighter

He's the guy next door - a mans man with the memory of a little boy
Gotten over the excitement of engines and sirens and danger
He's a guy like you and me with wants and worries and unfulfilled dreams
Yet he stands taller than most of us
HE'S A FIREFIGHTER
He puts it all on the line when the bell rings
A firefighter is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men
He's a man who saves lives because he has seen to much death
He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control 
He's responsive to a Childs laughter because his arms have
Held too many small bodies that will never laugh again
He's a man who appreciates the simple pleasures of life
Hot coffee held in numb unbending fingers
A warm bed for bone and muscle compelled beyond feeling
The camaraderie of brave men the divine peace
 And selfless service of a job well done in the name of all men 
He doesn't wear buttons or wave flags or shout obscenities
When he marches it is to honour a fallen comrade
He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man. he lives it
Author Unknown.