A Simple Thank You  

curious082385 31F
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11/14/2005 2:23 am

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A Simple Thank You

Last night I was talking with a friend of mine who is a police officer....talking about his job, the things he has seen or had to do in the line of duty. We got to talking about heroes...he hates being called a hero because that isn't why he does it. Not for the title, not for the glory or fame. But simply because he can't stand to sit on the sidelines and watch bad things happen to good people. He had to stand up and do his best to change what he could.
I have several friends who are firefighters too. I was hanging out at the fire station with a few of them this weekend, early morning before sunrise, just after I got off work. We were all just lounging around, sprawled on couches and chairs, simply talking and being silly. Nothing special, just a group of friends hanging out...we could have been any group of 20-something year olds relaxing and enjoying each others company in someones living room.
Until the bell went off...
Every person in that room came alive. Their eyes lit up with passion for their job and determination that they were going to do their best in whatever the situation was. For some reason which I can't put into words, tears welled up in my eyes. Within minutes the station was empty of all but the fading sounds of sirens going down the street. I wrote a quick note to my friend and with a quick prayer that all of them would come back, I left.
At last count, my friends list included:
2 Cops
3 Firefighters
5 Nurses/Doctors
17 Military

Quite simply, these men and women amaze me. Their courage and devotion are beyond question. They deal with things that most of us will never see, pray to never see. They put their lives at risk in the service of others. It makes my heart ache to see so much in the media about police brutality or overstepping their bounds. Granted, not all of them are honorable, but 99% of them are. They have to act, have to make a decision in a split second...a decision that their life may depend on. Most of us will never be in that position. Just think of what the world would be like without them.
Time and time again my friends tell me that they don't care for the uniform, the title of "hero"...that's not why they do it. But so often no one says thank you to them for what they do.
I for one am forever grateful that there are good men and women in this world who are willing to stand up and place their life on the line. It humbles me to know that a stranger would walk into a burning building to carry me out, or go to war to defend the freedoms I so often take for granted, or place himself in harms way to remove a threat to my safety.
So to all of you who are or have been one of these people, thank you. You are our heroes...the best of what it means to be human.

Efilnikufecin69 47M

11/14/2005 3:56 am

Yes curious, although they aptly deny being called a hero, they most certainly are!

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