|I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter
The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but
we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his
is a noble calling. There is an adage which says that, "Nothing
can be destroyed except by fire." We strive to preserve from destruction
the wealth of the world which is the product of the industry of men,
necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are defenders
from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of
the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. (But, above
all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men-the work of God Himself.
Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills
us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice.
Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient
to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general
purpose of human society.”
Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY
|“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they
face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery
has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.
They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked.
They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not
regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”
Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY.
"The Building Is Your Enemy."
Francis L Brannigan - Author of Building Construction for the Fire Service