I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.
If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?
~John Godfrey Saxe
But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crownTo our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown.
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
~Bible, John 15:13
Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over.
When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879
All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
Firefighters save hearts and homes.
Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.
~Susan Diane Murphree
Firefighters are hot stuff!
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
Firefighting - one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into water fights with you.
You might be a firefighter if you've ever smoked and there wasn't a cigarette in sight.
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire.
Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Whatever the American's are proud of - whatever they consider to be particularly good, useful, brilliant, or characteristic of themselves or their climate, they designate, half in jest, though scarcely half in earnest, as an "institution." Thus the memory of George Washington... is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock, on which the Pilgrim Fishing first set foot, is an institution...; "Sweet potatoes" are an institution, and Pumpkin (or Punkin) pie is an institution; ...squash is an institution; Bunker Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York are a great institution.
~Charles Mackay, Life and Liberty in America, 1850
The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.
~Gregory Widen, Backdraft
You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
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.
~Edward F. Croker
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward
No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.
Firefighters - your worst nightmare is just another day at the office.
I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.