We've had several fires in the last week right here in Ocean County. 

I was thinking of all the brave men and women protecting us and I always think of this prayer that was on a firehouse wall that I visited many years ago. I thought this was perfect for the couple of weeks we're having.

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Our local fire companies have been very busy. I'm only hoping they are all safe and a huge shout-out for everything you do to protect us.

A Fireman's Prayer:

When I am called to duty, God

Whenever flames may rage...

Give me the strength to save some life

whatever be its age.

 

Help me to embrace a little child

Before it’s too late...

Or some older person from

the horror of that fate...

 

Enable me to be alert and

Hear the weakest shout...

And quickly and efficiently

to put the fire out...

 

I want to fill my calling and

Give the best in me,

To guard my neighbor and protect his property.

 

And if according to Your will

I have to lose my life,

Please bless me with Your protecting hand

My children and my wife...Amen.

I did a little digging into this prayer and it's very popular. It's a prayer that most of our firemen and women know very well along with their families.

A little history about "The Fireman's Prayer" - the amazing poem was written by  Firefighter A.W. "Smokey" Linn. As a young firefighter in 1958 he and his crew responded to a fire where three children were trapped in a fire and died and sat down and starting writing this heartfelt poem, according to aspiringfirefighters.com.

Many times when you see "The Fireman's Prayer" it will say unknown author.

To our local firefighters in Ocean County, "Thank YOU for all you do."

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