Firefighters are this nation's first line of defense against an almost unlimited range of threats and incidents. Volunteer firefighters serve because they care about their communities... and they do it 24 hours a day 7 days a week, rain, shine or blizzard... for free.
"If you are looking for a hero, a role model, you don’t have to look very far. You see, a hero isn’t someone who hits homeruns or scores touchdowns in front of thousands of cheering fans. A hero is an average citizen who does something extraordinary to help someone else in need. A hero is a firefighter who runs into a burning building, never thinking of himself. And if you want to find one of these heroes, all you have to do is look next door at your neighbor or your uncle. Or across the breakfast table at your own dad. "
The Honorable Raymond Mariano Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Service
December 9, 1999