Here’s a hot topic that might set off some fireworks. Who knows, it might even incite a reader to leave a comment.
This is something very near and dear to me and something I feel very strongly about. I’ve wanted to write about this for a long time and a recent conversation with a friend prompted me to pick tonight to write it. And, now that I have the forum to do so, here goes.
I’ll be involved in at least two fire service funerals this week, and hopefully not a third but it’s quite possible.
In my role as Deputy Fire Coordinator, I’ve honestly probably attended perhaps hundreds of such funerals in my fire service career. We have more than 5,000 firefighters in our county, so that number isn’t probably too far off.
Let me start by saying that I mean absolutely no disrespect to any fire department for doing everything they can to honor their fallen brothers or sisters, regardless of the circumstances of their death, nor do I mean any disrespect to any brother firefighter who has gone before us, nor their family.
This is a topic that I have struggled with for quite some time and I’m frankly torn as to the right way to approach it. (more…)
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