Today is International Firefighters Day. It's the day set aside to recognize those firefighters who have lost their lives in the the line of duty and also to support those who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe from fire and related disaster.

One of my brothers is a firefighter. He's been paid for the last 23 years, and was a volunteer for years before that. It was what he always wanted to do. God bless him; I just don't have that kind of nerve--to run into burning buildings to save strangers.

Firefighters are first responders. While they are most often thought of for fires, they also respond to medical emergencies, car accidents, cats in trees, collapsed buildings, folks stuck in elevators, etc. They tend to work fewer shifts than the rest of us, but longer hours. They are a valued part of our society. Say "Thanks!" to a firefighter today!!

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