Public Servants  

candy69sosweet 61F
10901 posts
10/18/2005 4:31 am
Public Servants

I got up early this morning, for some reason sleep was not my friend. I decided to come here to visit a few friends who I have been neglecting lately. One post I read lead to another, and before I knew it I was in tears.

Blondeneedssex, where did you get such compassion? You touch my heart with your words and actions. Blondie's post [post 112867] was so touching, and of course I had to go to dano6332's post How would you respond? which made me bawl even more. I'd like to tell you all right here what I think of Public Servants.

My Dad was a Firefighter for 25 years. Though not a Police Officer, he still wore a uniform and risked his life to save others.

He's been inside that burning building, making sure the last victim was pulled out before the walls came crashing in, while you stood and watched in horror.

He's been hospitalized for smoke inhalation that seared his lungs and made it difficult to breathe for weeks. Also for whiplash frome slipping on the wet floor while pulling the water laden, heavy firehose up the stairs to the top of the burning building.

He was riding tiller (yeah tillerbabe, I do know what that means during the 60's racial tensions and had rocks and bricks thrown at him while responding to yet another false alarm pulled with the intention of attacking them.

My Dad is my hero!

To all the men and women who don the uniform, I stand and applaud you. Though you do not ask for it, you have my undying love and respect.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


~Friendship is a gift given from the heart and treasured forever~

dano6332 56M

10/26/2005 7:16 pm

Candy, Thank you for mentioning my post and while it was not my usual upbeat stuff it was one of the most heartfelt things I have written. I cannot stand those who villify public servants of any kind (firemen, policemen, paramedics, doctors, nurse and all the others who keep us alive).
You dad sounds like a hell of a guy and I would have liked to meet him at his prime kicking doors and saving kids.

We did miss you and I look forward to the next one so we can finally meet Blonde did give me a kiss from you but when she grabbed my ass I was not sure if that was you or her



keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
10/23/2005 9:05 am

Ditto those sentiments. We all have been the fortunate recipients of such public service. Thanks!

476 posts
10/20/2005 9:17 am

Thanks for reminding me what a hero my dad was. 31 years in the Army Air Corps/ US Air Force. 2 years in Japanese occupied New Guinea and Okinawa. Then another year after the war doing graves registration; weeks on end hiking through jungles to find an downed airplane only to discover that it was Japanese. Still he would collect the remains, dogtags, etc. and return them. I just can't imagine.

He retired the year I was born so I didn't have to live the regular Air Force brat's lifestyle moving all the time. He wanted me to have a stable life.

What I remember most was when we would be driving on to Barksdale Air Force Base around sundown we would hear a military song on the loud speakers, it was either "Taps" or "The Star Spangled Banner" I think. He would stop the car, get out, face the flag and put his hand over his heart. We would stand there until the music finished and the flag had been folded, then we would get back in the car and continue on our way. That simple act did more to teach me about patriotism than all the government or history classes I've taken since.

I understood why he did what he did, but sometimes I just can't get a handle on why guys still volunteer. Especially the way corporations are abusing the freedom (and the trust) that average guys like that are fighting to protect.

Thanks again.

tillerbabe 55F

10/20/2005 1:33 am

Candy.... You Dad was a "tillerman"? OMG! Please tell me more, he must have amazing stories. I'm in awe.....he came from a generation of smoke eaters and "real" fireman....the ones that came before me and my peers. It was so much harder much more danger. I honor your Dad and everyone that came before me; it was their sacrifices and experiences that have made the job so much safer for me and my coworkers. Thank you sweetie for writing such kind words.... I'm breathless...Big HUG to U! {=}

rm_firemandwc2 63M

10/19/2005 6:32 am

I just happened upon this blog, and as a lifetime firefighter and a 20 year veteran of the U.S.Air Force, I thank you all for the great comments. I was spat upon returning from overseas, have been spat upon and bitten by those who we were trying to rescue from car wrecks etc. It is nice to hear from those who do understand the dangers and what we go thru to try to help people.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
10/18/2005 11:49 pm

Men and Women who wear the uniform...whether it is Law enforcement, Fire Dept, Dr's/Nurses..Paramedics..every branch of the Military...and the one's who don't but give just as much...the Teachers....they all touch peoples lives in some way or another and they should all be respected...always.

Those who have hate and negativity towards someone who could very well save their life...or the life of someone they love...should be ashamed of themselves.

I have many close friends who are in Law enforcement and with the Fire Dept...and the Military....and I admire and respect them more than I could ever say.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

rm_pchamp012004 55M
2672 posts
10/18/2005 4:27 pm

Here's to all the un-sung heros that make our lives liveable. I would like to add our military and teachers to that list.


10/18/2005 12:14 pm

You are precious too my FRIEND, Iam excited about Chicago , but so sad at the same time that You, Keith and others that have become just as important to me will not be there.

Take Care and remember You are always no1


papyrina 51F
21133 posts
10/18/2005 12:09 pm

and thanks from me too and all those nurses and docs,

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