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Quotations about Firefighters

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen. ~Gregory Widen, Backdraft (film), 1991

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. ~Edward F. Croker

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out! ~John G. Saxe, quoted in George C. Hale, History of the World's Greatest Fires, 1905

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

When fire is cried and danger is nigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~The Fireman's Journal, 1879

But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown.
~Frederic G. W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878

All men are created equal, then a few become firemen. ~Author unknown

Firefighters save hearts and homes. ~Author unknown

Firefighters — your worst nightmare is just another day at the office for them. ~Author unknown

Firefighters are hot stuff! ~Author unknown

Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over. ~Author unknown

If you think it's tough being a firefighter, try being a firefighter's spouse. ~Author unknown

What you call a hero, I call just doing my job. ~Author unknown

Firefighting — one of the few professions left that still makes house calls. ~Author unknown

Volunteer firefighters do it for free! ~Author unknown

Let no man's ghost return to say his training let him down. ~Firefighter saying

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~Bible (New International Version), John 15:13

You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into water fights with you. ~Author unknown

What is a firefighter? He's the guy next door... He's a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams. Yet he stands taller than most of us. He's a fireman... A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men. He's a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death. He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control. He's responsive to a child's laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again... He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man — he lives it. ~Author unknown, c.1971

You might be a firefighter if you've ever smoked and there wasn't a cigarette in sight. ~Author unknown

If you put out the fire, you won't have to jump out the window! ~Andy Freidricks

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved. ~Susan Diane Murphree

So as you look at the firefighter with his rake, hose or axe,
His beet red face or ice covered mustache,
You should know why he goes through that smoky front door,
And is forced to crawl like a baby down on the floor.
He does it to save both lives and property,
All that is precious to you and to me.
So take a good look at this modern warrior who serves his call proud and true,
And know that he would die just to save me and you.
~Robert J. Athans, unverified

You might be a firefighter if "climbing the corporate ladder" has nothing to do with career advancement. ~Author unknown

Backdraft has the right-of-way. ~Author unknown

You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire. ~Larry Brown, On Fire, 1993

When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the fire. ~Author unknown

You might be a firefighter if you had to extricate someone by cutting the car doors off on one side and realized there was nothing wrong with the doors on the other side. ~Author unknown

The very worst fire plan is no plan. The next worse is two plans. ~Author unknown

Never fight fire from ego. ~Author unknown

Have cognition before ignition. ~Author unknown

Man is the animal that has made friends with the fire. ~Henry Van Dyke, "The Open Fire," Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things, 1899

But there is one thing lacking in various animal dwellings, — a fireplace. Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and to live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned how to put it out. ~Henry Van Dyke, "The Open Fire," Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things, 1899

Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! ~Thomas Carlyle, "Abbot Samson," Past and Present, 1843

Whatever the Americans are proud of — whatever they consider to be peculiarly good, useful, brilliant, or characteristic of themselves or their climate, they designate, half in jest, though scarcely half in earnest, as an "institution." Thus the memory of General Washington... is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock... "Sweet potatoes" are an institution, and pumpkin (or punkin) pie is an institution... Bunker's Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York a great institution. ~Charles Mackay, "American Firemen," 1857

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