Fire related "Inspirational" sent to Company members

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A Firemanís Life;

You stay up for 16 hours.
He's been up for 48 hours straight.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
The rain in the middle of the road keeps him awake.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He's chilled to the bone, hasn't eaten all day, has the flu, and then runs into a burning building.

You drink your coffee on your way to the mall.
He pumps on a five years old chest on the way to the hospital.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He makes sure the pass device on his pack is working.

You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He watches his buddy fall through the roof.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He runs down the beach looking for the swimmer that didn't pay attention to the "no guards on duty sign".

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears fifty pounds of gear in the middle of July and drags a body out of 1600 degree flames.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He hasn't seen a meal since the start of his shift.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He's worn the same stinking, wet, grungy clothes for the past 24 hours....no time for a shower.

You go to the mall and get your hair re-done.
He holds the hair of some college girl while she's puking in the back of the ambulance.

You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
His shift ended 2 hours ago and he's on for another 24 hours after being ordered back in, due to being understaffed.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He calls his girlfriend to tell her he made it back alive....then leaves abruptly for another fire.

You yell and scream at the engine that just past you because they slowed you down.
He's in the back of the engine, going to cut somebody out of their car only to find out that they're dead and
their daughter is barely alive.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He cries as he hears his new born cry in the hospital....but he was taking a drunken teenager in when his boy was born.  

You criticize your fire dept and say they're never there quick enough anyways.
HE BLOWS THE AIR HORN WHILE THE PERSON IN FRONT OF THEM REFUSES TO MOVE
while talking on their cell phone and doing their makeup.

You hear the jokes about fallen firefighters and say they should have known better.
He feels the floor give way while he's carrying an old lady from her bedroom and tosses her on to the hard
floor and falls into the unknown.

You see the bright lights when you go by and stare.
He sees the broken bodies lying around the car
AND HAS TO PAY ATTENTION TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HIT HIM WITH YOUR CAR
BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ROAD. 

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He looks into buying a bullet proof vest because he may get shot trying to save a shooting victims life. 

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes his spare time to wash the rig, re-stock and maybe call his mother to tell her
not to worry; he'll be home the next night.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep on his spring board bed but keeps getting woken up by the bell, ah,
ONE HOUR OF SLEEP; it should do till tomorrow night. 

You sit there and judge him, saying that it's a waste of money to have them around.
GARBAGE TRUCK WORKERS MAKE MORE THAN HE DOES, BUT IT'S NOT FOR THE
MONEY, IT'S FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT HE DOES. 

The Kiss...
He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying
her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire.

She is pregnant.

When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.

A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, "The Observer,"
noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman.

He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do.

As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her
life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer
snapped this photograph.

Dog licking face of dirty and tired fireman

And people say animals are dumb.

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