Saturday, November 28, 2009


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.

Judy Roney
November 23, 2009


Mary said...

I am sure there is no better person to have on one's side in an emergency, any kind of emergency, than Bill. Your poem says so much so well!

Ana said...

Such a tender poem!

Diane T said...

Bill is such an outstanding fire fighter. I would trust my future to him!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Another of those quietly heroic men, to whom heroism is just part of the day's work. Thank God for the Bill's of this world!

Carrie Burtt said...

Judy this is so inspiring! A wonderful tribute to a wonderful hero! :-)

Jingle said...

a firefighter is brave and caring in one's profession.
lovely job.