Watch the video then read the post, please
"I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass
Look at the tested and think there but for the grace go on
I might be a coward,
I'm afraid of what I might find out." The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Most people will go through their lives never to have the opportunity to test their courage, their grace under pressure or their resolve. Firefighters have that opportunity, and from day one prove themselves to be worthy to fill the shoes of those that came before them.
“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.” –– Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY,
speaking upon the death of a deputy chief and
four firefighters in February of 1908
To the members of the 49th Academy, you have already passed the bravery part, now you have a job to do. Do it well, and welcome aboard.