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Firefighting Heroes
July 2, 2013, 23:57
Filed under: disability, Justice, Politics | Tags: , , ,

On the news today there was a haunting photograph taken by one of the Arizona firefighters who lost their lives in the flash fires. The photo spoke to me of the realities of the firefighters’ lives, when everyone else is running away from the flames, they are choosing to go the other way. We are encouraged by the media to look on the police and military as heroes, there are sadly far too few programs  extolling the heroism of our firemen, they tend to be the forgotten heroes.

One of my pleasures in life is to walk through the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. In the rose garden there is a memorial dedicated by Scottish firemen to the New York firefighters who died in the Twin Towers on 9/11. In one documentary there was a powerful eyewitness account by a survivor of how, as he and others were escaping down the stairs, they were passed by firefighters climbing up to their certain deaths.

Everyday in countries around the world firefighters are putting their lives on the line to save lives and property. Perhaps in some countries they are valued, in Britain they certainly get neither the recognition, respect nor remuneration they deserve. As we remember the nineteen firefighting heroes of Arizona, let’s also give thanks for all those men and women who are prepared to risk their lives, for us, as firefighters. Were it not for them there are many alive today who would not be  let’s show them some respect!

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