Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Chaplains: Those Silent Heroes

Issue 3 and Volume 169.

When we refer to the “silent heroes” of an organization-people who never look for recognition (the “attaboys”)-we’re often referring to our civilian staff, mechanics, chaplains, and all of those who work hard day after day to take care of us and make a difference, doing so without the fanfare, marching bands, and fireworks. So many of us get caught up in the “Look what I’ve done” or “I’ve done this” attitude that we miss out on seeing who often contributes to our successes: the silent heroes. (1) Lewisville (TX) Fire Department Chaplain Bennie Grissom (ret.). [Photo courtesy of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department.] Just before leaving the southwest suburbs of Chicago to take my first chief’s job in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, I was attending a farewell dinner, coincidentally, for our department chaplain Father Ray Clennon when Chief Paul Boecker approached me and gave me some of the best “chiefly” advice…

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