1997 by Linda Ellis
My little girl looked startledas a fire engine passed in haste,and from my rear-view mirror,I saw the expression on her face.
Her eyes were opened widefilled with curiosity and fear.....She said, "mommy, what is that big truckwith the loud noise that I hear?"
I explained that the "truck" carriedmen and women who's only aimwas to help someone in dangerthough they may not know his name.
She said, "mommy, aren't those the oneswho wear the shiny hats?"And I said, "yes honey, that's right....but it means much more than that."
Those people are trained and dedicatedand many times have shown....that to save the life of someone else,they'll often risk their own.
Then my other child joined inwith a bright inquisitive stare."If the people they help are strangers,then what would make them care?"
Her question made me stop and think,what are the rewards of being "brave?"Is it the smiles on the facesof the children they may save?
Or the beholden expression of a manstanding beside his wifewatching firefighters battling to savethe house he'd worked for all his life?
Or pulling someone outof a burning house or car?There's a memory like that for thembehind every burn or scar.
The word "courage" is described as:the strength to withstand fearand firefighters use that couragemany times in their career.
So, to answer her question honestlyand explain why they're so "daring,"I said...."they're very special peoplewith an uncommon sense of caring."