Nineteen years ago I was in the 42nd Training Acadamy of the Providence Fire Department. Most of us felt blessed to be there, and worked hard, and learned what it took to be a good firefighter.
Some of us already knew everything, and did as little as possible.
I wish I could say that every one of us was honorable, and posessed the qualities that it takes to survive a long productive career as a firefighter. I've seen guys get hurt, and hurt badly. I've seen them get up and finish the job. I've also seen people take advantage of a system that was designed for disabled firefighters.
I'm a strong believer in Karma. Sometimes it seems that Karma simply isn't working, and everything is upside down.