I was not a selfless firefighter, nor did I ever pretend to be.
Without decent pay and great benefits I would have been forced to take my ability and passion for helping people elsewhere.
I may have volunteered if my community needed me, but the city in which I reside has a great fire department staffed with well compensated, dedicated firefighters.
To survive in a difficult world, people need purpose, and employment, lest we become drains on the rest.
Families need fathers, and fathers need to work.
It is okay to be selfless for selfish reasons.