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“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”
This is a divine truism emblematic of the foundational bonds that undergird and inextricably link our nation. Nowhere has that love been more vividly expressed than in the selfless sacrifice of our beloved first responders – and especially in the nobility of our firefighters. Their own mantra, eloquently expressed in A.W. Linn’s Fireman’s Prayer, is a moving oath and testament to the humanity and honor of our firefighting brothers and sisters. Through it’s expressions, their character is truly revealed as they selflessly put others above self.
As I paid tribute to these heroes, the words of their hallowed prayer profoundly moved me. Perhaps no greater act manifests their courage and resolve than that of the firefighters who selflessly entered the embattle towers on 9/11, an event that although a decade removed, stands as an indelible tribute to the unconditional love and Selfless Service of our heroes.
In this tribute, I portray a fireman deliberately ready to engage whatever obstacle threatens. His gear ready and his rig prepared, he purposefully moves to fulfill his oath. Whether engaging a fire, rescuing a family, or providing lifesaving assistance in an accident, we rest secure in his service knowing that when his duty calls, he will not falter in his purpose of service to others. God bless our nation’s firefighting heroes – would that we all live and serve with such dedication and distintion!
- Thomas Kinkade painted Selfless Service as a tribute to our courageous first responders who diligently serve in our community – especially in the face of terror like on September 11, 2001.
- Firemen’s Prayer: “When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames 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 give the best in me, To guard my ever 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” ~ A.W. “Smokey” Linn
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