Growing up in Salem and working at the local hospital has allowed me to meet and work alongside some pretty special people. But I have to admit, the firefighters are my favorite. Maybe it’s because they’re take-charge kind of folks who, despite sometimes horrific circumstances, do their job with kindness, compassion and integrity. They all seem to have that special way about them that makes you feel that everything’s going to be all right. They take pride in and value what they do, and they do it in a most professional way.
Being a nurse, I understand the desire to help people. But what I will probably never understand is what makes someone willing to run through fire to do so. They’re a special breed, these firefighters are. And I’m so grateful to them.
My condolences to the Walsh and Kennedy families and all who grieve for them.