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Christmas thank you those who serve us.

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Rick Inman, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

    It’s Christmas Eve, and as my wife and I sit contently by the fire, enjoying the holiday music, and the lights, and a mug of warm, and each other…somewhere in a firehouse, men and women have left their families to wait for the alarm that may come. And while we fill the stockings and put out the gifts, a fire is being fought, a child is rescued from a smoke filled room, and a family’s treasured positions are being saved.
    As we sleep peacefully in our beds, police officers patrol the neighborhoods, protecting the valuable gifts that lay vulnerable beneath the tree. Later this night, officers respond to a domestic quarrel, a robbery, an act of senseless violence. It is Christmas Eve.
    Morning comes. And while our children and grandchildren excitedly open gifts, an EMT responds to a car wreck, working furiously to save the innocent mom and dad mangled by the drunk who sits uninjured in the patrol car’s back seat. One of the EMT’s holds the child that did not survive.
    But this Christmas morning there is music in our home, and laughter, and love. It is a good noisy. It sounds like love. The turkey smells just right, and grandpa and grandson are playing on the floor with the new toys. Soon we will feast.
    At the hospital, doctors and nurses attend to the sick, the injured, the dead. Their families are used to being without them, so they say, on Christmas.
    I might not think of you who serve and sacrifice on Christmas day. Most of us don’t. We know you’re out there, protecting us, saving us, giving us this day. But we forget you’re there, and if we are reminded by seeing you (which we hope not to be), it is likely through tragedy.
    For those of you in law and rescue and medical who work on Christmas, thank you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.

    And for those who serve in our armed forces in Iraq, and to their families separated from them, there are no words.

    Thank you.
  2. Quarrior

    Quarrior Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boise ID
    Well done Rick.
  3. miked

    miked Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Park Ridge NJ
  4. Northeastwrecks

    Northeastwrecks Divemaster

    Very nice. I agree wholeheartedly.
  5. blacklatexozdiver

    blacklatexozdiver Nassau Grouper

    Hear hear...
  6. RICHinNC

    RICHinNC Solo Diver

    Dont forget those in far away places that are often forgotten....yet continue to serve....the heroes of today....the veterans and forgotten of tomorrow.
  7. baltimoron

    baltimoron Loggerhead Turtle


    Peace and Love to all.
  8. Snowbear

    Snowbear NOK ScubaBoard Supporter

    I read this at work this morning, where I will be until tomorrow night.

    Thank you, Rick.

    Merry Christmas :)
  9. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

    Thank you, Rick

    Any Christmas Eve I work I always start the shift thinking that it probably won't be busy because its Christmas Eve but each one always seems to be busy anyway. Tonight is no different so far but I'll be heading home after the shift where Christmas will wait for me.
    We're all OK here

    Very nice of you to not only think of these things but also to write them up on the board.

    Merry Christmas

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