Ode to a Firefighter

"If  Prometheus  was  worthy   of  the  wrath  of  heaven  for  kindling  the   first  fire  upon  the  earth,  how  ought  the   Gods  to  honour  the  men  who  risk  their   lives  to  put  the  fire  out?"

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The Last Alarm
My father was a fireman, He drove a big red truck
and when he'd go to work each day he'd say, "Mother wish me luck."
Then Dad would not come home again 'till sometime the next day.
But the thing that bothered me the most was the thing's some folks would say.
"A fireman's life is easy, he eats and sleeps and plays,
and sometimes he won't fight a fire  for days and days."
When I first heard these words I was too young to understand
but I knew when people had trouble Dad was there to lend a hand.
Then my father went to work one day and kissed us all goodbye
but little did we realize that night we all would cry.
My father lost his life that night when the floor gave way below
and I'd wondered why he'd risk his life for someone he did not know.
But now I truly realize the greatest gift a man can give
is to lay his life upon the line so that someone else might live.
So as we go from day to day and we pray to God above
say a prayer for your local fireman.
He may save the one's you love.
    -unknown author.

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The Firefighters Prayer
When I'm called to duty God wherever flames may rage
give me strength to save a life whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it is to late
or to save an older person from the horror of his fate
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out
I want to fill my calling to give the best in me
to guard my neighbors life and protect his property
And if according to your will I have to loose my life
bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.

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