Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Firefighter's Prayer

A Firefighter'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 embrace a little child before it is too late, 
or save an older person from the horror of that fate. 
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, 
to quickly and efficiently put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and give the best in me, 
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
If according to my fate I lose my life this day, 
Please bless with your protecting hand my family, this I pray. 

Last Friday, Trey graduated from the Arkansas Fire Training Academy. During his time there, the academy experienced a first: a death of a firefighter during training. May God be with his family during this time of loss. I pray for comfort for his wife and children.

This was the entering processional with the entire graduating class. 
Jonesboro Fire Department Honor Guard Pipes & Drums leading the procession

Trey and other firefighters walking in. The guy in front of him is carrying the jacket of deceased firefighter, David Eason. 
Trey sitting beside where West Memphis firefighter David Eason would've sat during the graduation ceremony.
Beginning of the ceremony
Trey receiving his certificates. 
West Memphis Fire Chief, Wayne Gately, in the place of deceased firefighter David Eason
One of Trey's coworkers, Nick
Ryanne clapping for her Daddy! During the ceremony, when Trey walked in, she started screaming "Daddy! Daddy" He had to live at the academy during training, so she was missing her Daddy.
Watching Daddy
So proud of him, and the fact that he puts his life on the line to help save others. 

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands . . . “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, 
I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him 

and show him my salvation.” ~ Psalms 91


Sandra said...

Congrats! It's true, it's not something we, and by we I mean me, think about every day, the idea that firefighters are putting themselves in danger to save lives. Very sad to read about that person dying during training...

Alicia said...

So proud of Trey too! I have a really good friend that was at the same school Trey was (he's still there taking classes) and his dad died on duty as a fireman in 2007. I'm glad that they honored the firefighter that passed away.


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