Giving their lives
Can you imagine every time you go off to work you’re putting yourself in harm’s way?
(And here I am afraid of roaches.)
Having met hundreds of Firefighters, every time I watch them work together, I am stunned by their compassionate Souls.
And their instinct to rescue, anyone or anything that is in danger.
It’s in their DNA. These remarkable people are a breed apart.
A blind man can see that.
So, let me ask you, “Would you consider running into fires for a living?” They do. Everyday.
I’m not saying they’re gods.
They are human beings like us.
But it’s their passion that sets them apart. It is their curse and their blessing.
They live between a rock and a soft place.
Trust me, I know what I’m talking about here.
I live in the South. In Alabama.
Can you believe that we’re ranked #2 in Firefighter suicide over work-related deaths in our country? And it’s prevalent nationwide.
In the face of all this, I feel ashamed for not observing that these quiet heroes, imprisoned by workplace heartache and trauma, want to end their lives.
Why don’t they just ask for help? Because…
It’s not in their job description. Their job is to save others, not themselves.
Which means that it’s our job to support those who risk it all to rescue others.
Next week, I’d like to talk about how Ryan Shines offers support.
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