Fire EMS, Leadership


Issue 08 and Volume 172.

Bobby Halton
Every firefighter was raised on the timeless words penned 113 years ago by American fire service icon Fire Department of New York Chief Ed Croker in his immortal 1906 “I have no ambition but one” speech. In this incredible work, he captured the motivation and inspiration of our work as no one had before or has since. He outlined the struggles and triumphs but, most importantly, he clearly stated the ultimate purpose, the reason for our being, the essence of who we are when he said: “We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. But, above all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men-the work of God Himself.” Make no mistake about it, Chief Croker knew how much fortitude and courage, how much strength and conviction it takes to…

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