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Old 04-21-2013, 03:45   #1
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Every so often, America and the world are reminded of the valor, courage...

Besides having a son who is a Deputy Sheriff, our son-in-law is a Battalion Chief, yeah, a Professional 'Hose Dragger', although his skills as a Paramedic and Flight Paramedic really earned him some gutsy, "I want this guy with me" street creds, so I subscribe to sites for info on the "other side".

Last week there were no sides...

From the "Firefighters Facebook Page, The largest Facebook page for Firefighters worldwide."
Every so often, America and the world are reminded of the valor, courage, commitment and unselfish nature of first responders.

Then, there’s a week like this one.

It’s hard to remember a time, other than on 9/11 itself, that so much attention has been drawn to first responders, in both tragedy and success.

On Monday, when back-to-back bombs exploded in Boston, many ran away from the danger -- as they should. Many, as they always do, ran towards it. The first responders were not just the law enforcement, military, EMS and firefighters who were at the race and responded it. They were every day citizens. They stopped the bleeding. They kept victims calm. They carried them to safety and care. Three deaths could have been 30 had it not been for their quick actions.

Without fear of secondary devices, without thought to their own safety, these people exemplified how a hero is defined.

And, in the four days since, law enforcement never gave up, never got sidetracked by the constant media pressure, and focused on a singular mission to capture two suspected madmen hell bent on terrorizing us. Sadly, in the course of their now successful efforts, one law enforcement officer from MIT paid the ultimate price, another officer later wounded.

As if Boston were not enough, then there was West, Texas. A call was dispatched from which at least nine first responders will not return. They were volunteers, community leaders -- a career captain from Dallas who went to lend a hand, doing what firefighters do every day. After the blast, more first responders ignored their own personal losses to respond after the explosion hit to search for trapped and injured victims – including their fellow volunteers. The mutual aid response, likely one of the largest in recent times, covered the devastated town in a sea of red and blue lights.

The first responders in Boston and Texas knew they were headed into danger and kept running towards it. These men and women gave their all – their effort and their heroism. Some – a law enforcement officer in Boston and at least nine fire/EMS personnel in Texas – gave their lives.

Amid the chants of “USA, USA” and smiles tonight in the capture, let us never forget.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:36   #2
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Heroes, all of them! Thank you.
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yep they sure did didnt they
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Heroes is right.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:27   #5
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God bless them all.

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God bless them all.

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Amen. And bless the public with a long memory for a change...

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Old 04-21-2013, 18:31   #7
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If the Iraqi people don't think their country is worth fighting for, who are we to argue?

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Old 04-21-2013, 22:06   #8
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Very good read...

In Valor there is Hope...

God bless all First Repsonders and everyday heroes that emerged this week, for a country with such a questionable government we sure have some amazing citizens.

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:45   #9
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No matter what happens, American heroes show over and over that we are of a different breed. Dedication to duty and overwhelming selflessness define the American hero. God bless them all, and God bless this country.
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Very nice post Russ, thank you for that and bless all these folks and may God carry them all.
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