By Ryan C. Hogsten
The fire fighter as defined in Webster’s, is a member of a company organized to fight fires. This is true, but there are many more attributes given to the fire fighter. Today’s fire fighter is given the responsibility of being a teacher, a student, a friend, a brother and a hero. The fire fighter as a teacher is a person who helps the citizens of the community by enlightening them on the dangers of fire. This person goes to area schools and teaches young children the do’s and don’ts of fire safety. This person is one who gives of himself so that others may benefit. This fire fighter will give up precious time with family and friends so that others will not die. This is the fire fighter as a teacher. The fire fighter as a student is a person who learns diligently the art of fire fighting along with the principles involved. This person is one who studies day and night to help his fellow man. This person strives for greatness by studying books and practicing skills. This person is a student because he realizes that he does not know everything and he will attempt to better himself so maybe he will be more able to save property and life. This is the fire fighter as a student.
The fire fighter as a friend is a person that will be there day and night. When ever someone needs a friend they will know where to go. This person is the shoulder that the community leans on when needed. This person is the one that will laugh with you when you are happy and grieve with you when you are sad. This person will also be the role model for your children. The fire fighter as a friend is always there just look for the red light on the side of the station and you know you will be welcome. This is the fire fighter as a friend. The fire fighter as a brother is the one who is beside his fellow fire fighters day and night. He is the person you tell your deepest feelings to. The one who knows how to make you smile and the one who knows how to anger you. This person is the one who is watching your back and knows you are watching his. This is the person that consoles you after the worst of incidents and the first one to congratulate you at your best. This person knows your family and considers to be part of it. Because you are a part of his. This is the fire fighter as a brother. The person who becomes a fire fighter does not aspire to be a hero. This person is not looking for the glory. This person just wants to help. This person is a hero because he is a teacher, a student, a friend and a brother. This is the definition of a Fire Fighter.