We call it brotherhood
I stumbled upon this post via Facebook and was enthralled as the author shared the story of a bus ride that stretched from jubilation to sadness and every point in between Washington DC and New York, NY.
The author is a DCFD firefighter who, like most of us, enjoys other passions in his life. His are cycling, music and beer. Doesn’t make him a bad guy, does it? LOL
I won’t ruin the story for you but I just had to share this gem of a quote I found within it that reinforces my theory on the importance of storytelling in the fire service:
”I’ve learned more by sitting and listening to old timers tell stories than most of the classes I’ve ever attended.”
It’s a tale of true brotherhood that even includes some of the revelry that some might dismiss as the dark side of the fire service. But the reality is, you can’t work as hard as firefighters do without occasionally blowing off some steam and raising a glass or two together.
Yes, it’s true. We work hard — and sometimes — we play hard too. It’s part of what makes the fire service like absolutely no other profession in the world.
Get on the bus. Read his story. Enjoy the ride!