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They are your neighbors next door - They are special people, that even with age have never gotten over the youthful excitement of engines and sirens and danger.
They are people like you and me with wants, worries and unfilled dreams
Yet they stand taller than most of us.
They put it all on the line when the trip falls.
A firefighter is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men.
They're individuals who save lives, because they have seen too much death.
They're gentle people because they have seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
They're responsive to a child's laughter because their arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again.
They appreciate the simple pleasures of life- hot coffee held in numb, unbending fingers- a warm bed for bone and muscle compelled beyond feeling- the camaraderie of brave men and women- the divine peace and selfless service of a job well done in the name of all mankind.
They don't wear buttons... or wave flags... or shout obscenities.
When they march, it is to honor a fallen comrade.
They don't preach the brotherhood of man... THEY LIVE IT !
Edwin Grover - March/26/1896
Fred Strauss - December/11/1901
John Crivelli - January/20/1908
Gilbert L. Hovey - August/14/1915
William P. Bishop - December/31/1917
Robert W. Kopplin - December/31/1917
Claude A. Ratterree - January/01/1918
T.F. Martin - April/19/1923
A.G. Flury - April/19/1923
E.J. Stone - April/01/1927
L.A. Johnson - May/20/1930
H.J. Kneupper - December 16, 1936
August W. Wagner - August 07, 1938
Alfred S. Gassmann - January 22, 1943
Henry E. Martinez - January 19, 1943
John R. Rodriguez - November 13, 1950
Walter Kalisky - August 28, 1955
Ramiro Rivera - July 03, 1963
Joe G. Ramirez - January 08, 1966
Charles Ehrlich - August 14, 1973
Willie Ojeda - May 08, 1975
Charles A. Edwards - January 18, 1976
Paul Hand - March 22, 1985
Ernest Flores - March 22, 1987
James Boullosa - September 11, 1988
John M. Forres - June 14, 1996
Jessie F. Bricker, Jr - May 05, 1997
Roger Dennis - February 29, 2008
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flame may rage,
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child, before it is too late,
Or save an older person from, the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently, to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling, and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor, and protect his property.
And if according to my fate, I am to lose my life,
Please Bless with your protecting hand, my children
And my wife.
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