With terrorism now an every day part of our lives, America's First Responders are perhaps more appreciated than ever before.
"You're going to have deal with seeing people in pretty compromising positions. You're going to have to deal with broken bones, people being burnt, displaced. There's tragedy in this job. I think the worst thing about our job is dealing with death as often as we do," said Capt. Don Golay.
"You put your life on the line, you're at risk, but that's what the job demands," adds Judy Davidson.
The job of a firefighter is filled with harsh realities of life, and death.
"Just having to deal with people at some of their most tragic moments."
"I wanted to call my kinfolk and make sure everyone was ok. It weighs on you," Gregg Timmons said.
And sometimes, that's the only thing firefighters can do, is call their families because the 24 hour long shifts keep them apart.
"We work 24 on, 48 off. It kind of weighs heavily on your family life," says Lt. Gerald Douger.
So why would anyone want to be a career firefighter?
"There's no greater job, put the fire out, save their belongings, you just feel great," adds Capt. Golay.
Firefighters have been there, at the scene, fighting the flames and saving lives for decades now, but it may not have been until September 11, 2001 before America really understood what these men and women are will to do to protect us.
The events of 9/11 have changed the firefighters too.
"I guess the biggest thing on my mind is making sure everything is right with my family when I leave and come to work,” says Gregg.
"I would like for our citizens to know they are well protected,” remarks the Captain.
Captain Don Golay at station two says he encourages folks to go and visit with the stations. He also encourages citizens to take the citizens firefighting academy, to learn even more about what they do.
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