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EMT's/Firefighter's poem??

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by emt1581, May 17, 2006.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I read something a few years ago. It was handed to me by a co-worker, another EMT, who just told me to read it.

    It basically said that people always tell us to slow down on the road and complain that we are posing a hazzard to other drivers, and sometimes even get in our way when we come along. Then it continues to talk about how on the other side of things, people ask us what took us so long and why couldn't we get there faster.

    This ringing a bell to anyone?

    I'd love a copy or a link if you have one.

    Thanks :)

    -Emt1581
     
  2. SLIDER in KY

    SLIDER in KY Millennium Member

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    Not sure, but I think this is what you're looking for:

    I wish you knew............... (written by one who
    > > does)
    > >
    > > I wish you could know what it is like to search a
    > > burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames
    > > rolling above your head, your palms and knees
    > > burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your
    > > weight as the kitchen below you burns.
    > >
    > > I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6
    > > in the morning as I Check her husband of 40 years
    > > for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway,
    > > hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is
    > > too late. But wanting his wife and family to know
    > > everything possible was done to try to save his
    > > life.
    > >
    > > I wish you knew the unique smell of burning
    > > insulation, the taste of soot-filled mucus, the
    > > feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear,
    > > the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being
    > > able to see absolutely nothing in dense
    > > smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.
    > >
    > >
    > > I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a
    > > building fire "Is this A false alarm or a working
    > > fire? How is the building constructed? What Hazards
    > > await me? Is anyone trapped?"
    > >
    > > Or to call, "What is wrong with the patient? Is it
    > > minor or life-threatening? Is the caller really in
    > > distress or is he waiting for us with a 2x4 or a
    > > gun?"
    > >
    > > I wish you could be in the emergency room as a
    > > doctor pronounces dead The beautiful five-year old
    > > girl that I have been trying to save during the Past
    > > 25 minutes, who will never go on her first date or
    > > say the words, "I Love you Mommy" again.
    > >
    > >
    > > I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the
    > > cab of the engine, squad or my personal vehicle, the
    > > driver with his foot pressing down hard on the
    > > pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air
    > > horn chain, as you fail ! to yield the right-of-way
    > > at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us
    > > however, your first comment upon our arrival will
    > > be, "It took! you forever to get here!"
    > >
    > > I wish you could know my thoughts as I help
    > > extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains
    > > of her automobile. "What if this was my daughter,
    > > sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were her
    > > parents reaction going to be when they opened the
    > > door to find a police officer with hat in hand?"
    > >
    > > I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the
    > > back door and greet My parents and family, not
    > > having the heart to tell them that I nearly did Not
    > > come back from the last call.
    > >
    > > I wish you could know how it feels dispatching
    > > officers, firefighters And EMT's out and when we
    > > call for them and our heart drops because no one
    > > answers back or to here a bone chilling 911 call of
    > > a child or wife needing assistance.
    > >
    > > I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally,
    > > and sometimes physically, abuse us or belittle what
    > > I do, or as they express their attitudes of "It will
    > > never happen to me."
    > >
    > > I wish you could realize the physical, emotional
    > > and mental drain or Missed meals, lost sleep and
    > > forgone social activities, in addition to all the
    > > tragedy my eyes have seen.
    > >
    > > I wish you could know the brotherhood and
    > > self-satisfaction of helping Save a life or
    > > preserving someone's property, or being able to be
    > > there in Time of crisis, or creating order from
    > > total chaos.
    > >
    > > I wish you could understand what it feels like to
    > > have a little boy Tugging at your arm and asking,
    > > "Is Mommy okay?" Not even being able to look in His
    > > eyes without tears from your own and not knowing
    > > what to say. Or to have to hold back a long time
    > > friend who watches his buddy having CPR done on him
    > > as they take him away in the Medic Unit. You know
    > > all along he did not have his ! seat belt on. A
    > > sensation that I have become too familiar with.
    > >
    > > Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you
    > > will never truly understand or appreciate who I am,
    > > we are, or what our job! really means to us...I wish
    > > you could though.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > KEEP SENDING THIS ON. APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE
    > > LOCAL EMS WORKERS, 911 DISPATCHERS, FIREFIGHTERS,
    > > and LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN YOUR AREA.
    > >
    > > ONE DAY THEY'LL PROBABLY BE SAVING YOUR PROPERTY
    > > OR YOUR OWN LIFE. WHEN YOU SEE THEM COMING WITH
    > > LIGHTS FLASHING, MOVE OUT OF THE WAY QUICKLY, THEN
    > > PRAY FOR THEM!
     

  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Nope that's not it, but a tear-jerker nonetheless.

    Thanks:)

    -Emt1581