Even Heroes Cry

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Spookwriter, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    I don't like to post sad news here. Seems as if there's plenty of
    that without me saying a word. But yesterday is laying heavy on
    my mind.

    Firemen expect fires. Kind of goes with the job. And somehow, you
    aren't supposed to let it bother you.

    It doesn't always work like that.

    You know I live in a small community. I post about it all the time. Proud
    of this town, the people in it. At the same time, a house on fire is different
    here. It's more than a statistic.

    These people are my friends, my neighbors. They have been a wonderful
    part of my life.

    There was a house fire in our little town yesterday. On the far side of town.
    1930's stick house, it went up quick. Matter of minutes, it was completely
    engulfed. An older couple lived there. You never knew nicer people than those

    They weren't home when the fire started. But fireman don't get to know that
    when they show up. And they rush in. To check, to save a life. Yet, in doing that
    they put their own safety, their own life, in danger.

    Yesterday they put everything they had on the line. It wasn't about the fire. It
    wasn't about the house. To the man...each and every fireman there put their life
    on the line.

    But I'm not writing this to write about the fire. I want to tell you about something
    someone else. Somebody that wasn't even at the fire at first.

    This man is my daughters school bus driver. He's also Captain of the fire department.
    And he was also the next door neighbor of the house on fire. Lifetime of being neighbors,
    can make you as close as brothers.

    When the call came in, Jim was on his bus route. Midroute, and unable to respond. Had
    a load of children. Radio contact, and he's coming...but the children need him.

    His fellow firemen put it all on the line yesterday for Jim. To rush into a fully engulfed house
    fire, not just once, but several times. To save man loved as a brother. Who wasn't even

    Jim delivered every child safely home yesterday before he allowed himself to go to the fire.
    Took his school bus to the fire.

    As the fire was coming under control, the owners came home. They had been in town.
    Seeing the loss...the man who the fire department had tried so hard to save, dropped
    dead of a heart attack in the front yard.

    And yesterday as they gathered in his yard in fire suits, today we prepare to gather in
    our better suits one more time, as we move toward the funeral home.

    There were tears last night.

    Tears for the neighbor.

    Tears for Jim.
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
  3. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Songster

    Feb 18, 2010
    That is too sad...
  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    Just ... dang. [​IMG]
  5. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    I am so so sorry. My heart and prayers for the widow, the captain, the firefighter, and for the town. It has to be so hard to deal with the loss. [​IMG]
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    [​IMG] for them all
  7. What a bittersweet story. So sorry for the loss to this nice little town. . .my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  8. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

    Feb 24, 2009
    far west Ohio
    What a touching tribute for a true hero. I am sorry and I will remember you all in my prayers. Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
  9. Glenmar

    Glenmar Songster

    Jan 17, 2011
  10. jojo54

    jojo54 Songster

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    My thoughts and prayers are with your little town. [​IMG]

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