Every day there was an emergency.
He was a firefighter some thirty years
first response, he witnessed life and death
people in need and on the edge.
He put out fires of one kind or another
every day on shift, ran from one emergency
to another extricating a man from
his crumbled car or performing CPR
on a 10 year old whose last wish was to
go to Disney World.
It’s no wonder now that he’s retired
he’s still putting out fires in one way
or another. He feels he’s wasting his time
when life is going along smoothly
no emergencies, no calls to duty. His
eyes light up and he’s passionate
when there’s a problem to solve or
people who need his help. Once
a firefighter, always a firefighter.
November 23, 2009