Remembering With Our Actions

Today is a solemn day. Eleven years ago this country was attacked by terrorists and changed us forever. That day is remembered not only for the horrific events of the attacks, but also for the heroes of that day. We lost 343 of the bravest our profession has known and some of the most influential fire service leaders and instructors we have seen.

Today will be filled with ceremonies, Facebook posts, blog post like this one, speeches and news coverage of events remembering this day all over the country. There will be a lot of Brotherhood going around and a lot of drinks raised to honor our fallen, all as it should be. There will be flags lowered, memorials opened and black bunting hung in memory and honor of those that sacrificed. These things make me reflect on what those that gave the ultimate sacrifice would think and how they would want us to remember them. With all of the ceremonies and events being wonderful tributes, I believe as firefighters we must do more to truly honor their legacy.

Here’s my list:

Don’t just call each other Brother, act like one every day
Be physically and mentally fit
Be engaged everyday in our profession, don’t just act proud, show your pride by engaging
Learn something about our profession every day no matter how small or large the task
Pass on the lessons of those that taught us, share and give much to those who come after you
Stand up for what is right even when it goes against what’s “popular”
Be excellent at whatever you do; not all firefighters will be officers, but whatever you aspire to, be the best at it–everyday!
Encourage and teach those younger than you, don’t degrade them-they are our future
Be involved–see a problem, be a part of the solution
Leave our fire service better than it was when you entered it
These are just a few thoughts that I had. They are nothing that haven’t been said before, but things that I try to remember everyday. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of this fire service and to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives that I serve and work with.

As we take time to remember today, carry the feelings from today with you everyday. Carry the pride and the honor with you knowing that that is what those 343 firefighters would want. They expect that we will carry the torches left behind by them. Be courageous ambassadors of the this noble profession on a daily basis and pass that on to those that are younger and new to our job.

God Bless those families left behind and those that were lost. Take care and Never Forget!

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Jason Hoevelmann

Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal with the Sullivan Fire Protection District, a combination department, and a career firefighter/paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County.
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Chris Sterricker
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Great read Jason. I liken this issue to the recent unfortunate events in Kentucky in which a firefighter was killed and another, his mother, seriously injured when struck at the scene of a car fire. The response to the tragedy was for the fire department to immediately institute a complete shut-down policy of any incident…
2014-08-27 00:39:49
Bill Carey
Really?!?!
Well written Jason; nice job. Bill Carey
2014-08-25 13:37:42
John Mallott
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Jason; Some good information the fire service is very dynamic and always changing. thanks for the article will share with the fire department officers for "food for thought" and some insight information..
2014-08-04 16:54:47
Billy Shockley
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Love to have the opportunity to train to be a firefighter
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I will post the link today for the first video. I am attaching a video that also explains an online course that I offer for officer development. The next class is beginning Sept. 4, 2014. Look for the link on this page and at thenewfireofficer.com http://youtu.be/A9oXTQQhgP8 https://app.box.com/s/n4q0az6hrd296fyznaql This is the link for the first video.…
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