Describe what a hero is to you

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Continuing my story on Sept. 11, I found a poem written by someone who was there that day. To date there have been 63 firefighters that have given their life.

If could describe a hero

And you’d ask me what it would be?

A fireman I would answer and this is why you see

They go into a fire no matter how big or small.

They do not hesitate once, after you have placed that call

Forgetting about themselves and doing what they love and know

This is not an act nor is it a show

They will race deep within the heart of a fire we call the beast

To them beating it is their ultimate feast

To them this is their job and what they like to do

But I believe this is where the utmost respect is due

Respect is what they deserve from everyone all the time

Not just when they loose a brother while fighting that front line

For all that have come to pay their respect which is greatly due

Just go home and think what a fireman means to you

They do not respect you part of the time

Or else their lives they would not lay on the line

So the next time you see a fireman this is what you should do

Tell them they are loved and give them the respect they are due

This comes to you from the bottom of my heart

I want all you firefighters to know my life you are a part

I wish you all the best and hope you’ll all stay safe

I know at least in my heart you all have a space

Love you guys

 It is good to remember the past because someday you will be a part of it!

Michael Heath is president of the St. John Professional Firefighters Association.