As a 10 year veteran of the fire service and Lieutenant of my district, thank you for the thoughts and the kind words. Although here on the board there are several career firemen, who know much more and have far more experience than I, we are all in it for the same reason. To serve our fellow man(and woman). Unfortuantely, there are those who are in it for the glory, and that is too bad, but we must keep our minds focused on the given task at hand.
Also it is important to understand that we are NOT heroes. We are doing what we enjoy and some of us are doing our job. A hero is someone who has no reason to put themselves in harms way to help another. The men and women of the NYFD died doing their job. The real heroes are those victims that stayed in the buildings to help others and instead of saving themselves their selfless acts of bravery and kindness saved others and in turn took their own lives. That is a hero. Not someone who trains for his or her duties and may even be paid for their services.
I think catmando is looking more at your reference to god. Although I agree with him that if a god exists he would have prevented this act. Others will argue that god was watching over all those who got out. I am certain that your intent was not to have a a discussion on religion but rather to recognize those that risk their own well being in the service of others.
Thank you for your thoughts and kind words.
Niskayuna Fire District #2