04 April 2008

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Two Colerain Township firefighters gave their lives this morning in a house fire. A third was airlifted to University Hospital, condition uknown Please honor these brave men, women and their families with your prayers.

I was a firefighter/EMT for a number of years, and that sacrifice was always at the back of my mind when responding to an incident. You never think it's going to happen, but sometimes it does, no matter how cautious you are.

A Fireman's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
Whenever flames may rage;
Give me strength to save some life,
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person
From the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
And to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect his property.
And if, according to my fate,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting
My children and my wife.

God touch all involved and carry them trough this tragic time.

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