The death of firefighters
In terms of numbers, it was one of the biggest firefighting tragedies in U-S history. 19 firefighters died in Arizona in one spot … overcome by a rapid change in the wildfire they were battling.
It hits close to home. My brother Mike retired from the Forestry Service. He lived in New Mexico and worked on wildfires all over the southwest. Mike provided security, he didn’t actually fight those blazes.
My younger brother Jerry is retired from the Wichita Fire Department. I suspect Jerry found himself in a few dangerous situations over many years of answering those emergency calls. He was never seriously injured. We’ve never talked about Jerry’s close calls, if he had any. The subject has never come up. But it’s reasonable to assume that all firefighters face danger. Think about searching a burning building or house for possible occupants.
Firefighting is a tough business. I’m proud of my brothers.
Our thought for today is from Cicero:
“Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.”