Friday, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I've always known he's smart and articulate, but I honestly had no idea JUST how smart and articulate he is.

He posted this on Facebook as a note last night, and it gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes.

Today we honor the fallen.

We will wear our dress blues, display our medals, and march in line. The flags will fly at half staff, the drum will beat slowly, and the pipes will play lowly. Two of our own are gone.

And later the booper will go off.....and we the men and women of the Houston Fire Department will respond. We will go to 1415 for a shooting. Make 11911 MLK just because. Marvin's calling again, or there is smoke in an airplane, or an automatic alarm. Around midnight, a box will come in. Heavy fire, heavy smoke, people trapped. Multiple calls. We will be there too.

No matter what happens tomorrow, or the next day or the next, we will be there. Despite what the media says. Despite the fact we may end up in court. We train daily, we prepare, we respond. I don't know why we do what we do. It sure ain't for five days off.

We just do.

You can probably name the last two winners of American Idol, or who is winning Dancing With the Stars....but can you name a Fire Fighter that works in your neighborhood?

24/7...365...this type of stuff happens all the time.


When the roof collapsed on E-004, L-004, and E-050."

I hope he doesn't mind me posting it here...

Thursday, April 09, 2009