True brotherhood

Over the course of the past week, I have been reminded of what the "Fire Service Brotherhood" is all about. Unfortunately, it took the loss of a brother who had succumbed to a heart attack at the young age of 49 to remind me. Mike had only been retired for a year. He was not a stranger to the firehouse or a stranger if you were at a restaurant he was at. He would stop by the firehouse almost weekly just to say hi. If you happened to run into him at his favorite restaurant, he would say, "Come have a beer with me." Mike would do anything for anyone and ask for nothing in return. He was a true brother both on the job and off the job. The day before Mike's service, I over...

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