By now you've probably heard about the two Boston firefighters that were killed on Wednesday night at a fire in a Chinese restaurant over in West Roxbury. Paul Cahill and Warren Payne. There were also another 10 or 12 guys that were injured during the blaze.
Steve-O asked this morning if he could do a quick "guest post" so he could share his thoughts. Steve-O, the floor is yours...
Firefighters, also commonly refereed to as "jakes" are unique individuals, and I don't just say that because I am one. Ask Jo Jo, or any other jake and they will tell you the same thing. Firefighters roll out the door every day knowing that we may not come back. But we do it because we are helping people and we love doing it. The fire service is sometimes called a brotherhood and I believe that to the fullest. My heart aches every time that I hear another brother dies in the line of duty. It aches even more this time seeing as it happened so close to where I grew up, and the fact that Mike Reilly who was a former co-worker of mine died the same way one year and three days ago fighting a fire in the Bronx when and a/c unit fell through the roof and trapped him.
I don't know Paul or Warren, but they were my brothers and I salute them for doing their job and making the ultimate sacrifice.
In all of the quotes from the media, bystanders, and politicians, I think that Ed Kelly, president of the International Associattion of Fire Fighters local 718 said it best. "The Boston firefighter's family is in mourning. We lost two brothers, two brave men that went to work tonight to provide for their families and are not going home in the morning. We ask you to pray for their souls and and for the brave and injured firefighters who are struggling to recover right now".
I know that I will, and I hope that you will too.
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