Firefighting

A bit of reality

Issue 9 and Volume 151.

A bit of reality Ronald E. Kanterman Chief of Fire Protection Merck & Company Rahway, New Jersey I`ve been there so many times before. Each trip starts the same. Pull into the campus and check in at Building C. Register. Unpack. Head for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial across campus. I approached the memorial with the same sadness and apprehension I usually do. You know what I mean–your gut churns a little, but you go anyway because it`s the right thing to do. You have to pay your respects to those in the service who have come and gone. As I hit the head of the path, I notice that the flags that fly behind the monument are at half-staff. Another firefighter gone. The glass-covered lectern has not one notice of death but two. Two firefighters in opposite parts of the country who never met have made the supreme sacrifice…

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