Social Media Heroes

Here’s a nice fan letter from a firefighter, Michael xxxxx from Kansas City, making us all proud.

“Wilson Morse, (I use Wilson on Facebook, long story) I will, and have had, a great career. I try to model myself after “great” fireman, because those are the fireman we must/need to look up to to learn our (fireman) profession. You are merely a cancer to the fire profession, please take one of two options:
1) Extend your dominant hand, ball up your fist, then repeatedly punch yourself in the face until you are comatose, or
2) Extend your dominant hand, grip a pistol, insert pistol into your mouth (as so many cocks you have in the past), pull trigger until you are dead or hear a click-click (hopefully, you will be a vegetable)”

HateHe didn’t like my article. After I read it in its published form, I didn’t like it that much either. I forget that lots of people who read my articles have no idea who I am, how I think and what I stand for. For many, that article is the first they ever heard of Michael Morse.

In the article I mention my personal feelings about dying on the job. I’m not a fan. I don’t want anybody to die on the job, or because of it. I used to bore my partners to death with my  endless speeches concerning the futility of dying to save another; a life for a life. I still believe that it is absurd to think that a firefighter thinks he or she should willingly give up their life in a hopeless situation. I won’t go on and on about the sanctity of life, risking a lot to save a lot, risking little to save a little, the number of times I’ve risked my own life to save another or the importance of giving the job our all, that stuff is fundamental to firefighting.

Every LODD is a tragedy. Those who die doing the job make the ultimate sacrifice. They died so that others may live.

I can say that, anybody who wears the uniform can say it, family and friends of the fallen can say it. When politicians and newscasters say it I lose my marbles a little. I forgot to mention that in the article, some people were offended, and rightly so. Some people went on and on about my being an EMS officer with no right to comment on fire related topics regardless of my 12 years on”the trucks.” That’s fine. Really, it is. I cannot control what others think, and as long as they don’t cross the line, don’t really care.

The firefighter who wrote that I should punch myself into a coma or shoot myself in the head is unfortunately a product of the all about me social media crowd. I guarantee he would never have said something so ugly in person. The anonymity of the internet allows people to think and act like murderers, spoiled brats and people undeserving of the title Firefighter.

I’m considering sending a copy of the article and subsequent commentary to the Chief of Department in Kansas City. I’ve never been a rat, but I did make a pledge not too long ago to stop allowing people to act like idiots, and this, by any sane person’s definition, is idiotic.

I’ll give it a few days, probably let it go, but wow, there are some nuts out there!

5 Comments

  • Donna Baer says:

    I somehow missed this blog as it appeared initially, but I strongly believe that you should forward the info to the Kansas City folks. I may be small potatoes to some of these me-first individuals, but my view has been and will always be that we are a brotherhood which includes fire, EMS and law enforcement. We can joke about each other, we can poke fun at the comical side of things we see but when you are such a low crawling form of life that you encourage suicide because of an article or position you don’t agree with you need to be pulled off the line yourself and discipline and/or encouraged to find another line of work. I’m very sorry you were subjected to that.

    • Michael Morse says:

      Thank you Donna, we’re all in this together, I think. I’ve been at this a while so the commentary doesn’t bother me all that much, i just hate to think of what it will do to somebody new at writing, or somebody who simply had a good idea and put it out there for the world to see, and then get attacked by morons. I’m still deciding whether or not to pursue exposing the nut that wants me to shoot myself, can’t quite figure out where he was coming from.

  • Eddie Buchanan, a well known chief officer with the Hanover County VA Fire-Rescue Department often shares their department’s definition of brotherhood: “Loyalty above all, except honor.”

    Your “fan” is neither honorable or a brother — and thus has forfeited his right for you to extend any brotherhood his way. Expose him for what he is: a mutt and a disgrace to the fire service.

    • Michael Morse says:

      Very well stated, thank you Tiger, and Chief Buchanan. I wasn’t sure if the people making the comments were actually firefighters or just a bunch of nuts, I did a little digging and much to my dismay found out they actually are firefighters. Most of the comments were expected jabs, it comes with the territory, but the guy from Kansas City set off some alarms, to say the least.

  • Ben Chlapek says:

    Hang in there, Michael. Tiger, Donna, and Chief Buchanan summed it all up pretty well in my book. I am starting year 40 in public safety. The Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement are a calling to most in the profession. We are “service to others.” Every organization has an idiot or two . . . some more, some less. I personally know the Chief and many, many Kansas City Firefighters and whoever the “poser” was that responded to you is not indicative of the people on that department. You are “spot on” when you provide your view on social media and how it gives a person a wall to hide behind, bringing out the stupid in some of us. Thank you for your service and keep on writing. With respect . . .

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