Thursday, March 19, 2009

Funeral Clothes

Seeing my husband in his Class A's on his way to a funeral for a fellow firefighter is just one of those things that I wish I didn't have to experience.

You never get used to it.

Even though his department is small, and their last loss was not in the line of duty, you never get used to it.

No matter where they are, no matter who they are, they are brothers.

And this is just what firefighters do.


Lipstick and Hangnails said...

Hi, just dropping by after finding your blog through Everyday Goddess and had to ask a question about firefighting. My son is currently applying for the volunteer fire department, largely because I told him to. Am I sending my son into a field that I will regret? He wanted to be a cop (largely to be able to ride a motorcycle) since he was little. I discouraged this as my father got a broken back in the line of duty in the 1960's and has never been the same. I figured, if he wanted to do something kind of in that line, it would be better to be a firefighter. They are always welcome and people are always grateful to have them when they come. Just wondering. Thanx, Tami

carrie said...


I can't answer that for you but I can tell you that firefighting is in my family's blood, and nobody has even been lost because of it (my Grandpa was a Battalion Chief for Seattle, Uncle was a FF, Father-in-law and also my husband's Uncle). This has always been my husband's dream and sure there are risks, but he is smart, trains constantly and I believe that he would never make a decision on the job that would jeopardize his life. is risky, there is no way to get around that, but if he's good at it and he loves it than I really think it'll be okay.

I hope that I didn't scare you with this post. As in many professions, there are line of duty deaths that do happen. The funeral my husband was going to was for a firefighter who died climbing a mountain in South America though. Like I said, firefighters are like family to one another, and when there is a loss, even if it's for someone at another department, they show up in their Class A's and show their support.

I don't think you have much to worry about. :) Hope this helps, feel free to email me if you have any other questions!

Sunshine said...

Thankfully, hubby has never had to do that. It always makes me sad, though, to hear of the loss.
My uncle died in a fire when my aunt was pregnant with my cousin. It was a tragedy that, even after all this time, is hard to accept.
I hope for your hubby and the family of the fallen fireman, everyone has the support to get thru this difficult time - my thoughts are with you today.

McMommy said...

Oh my goodness...those pics and the title of your post made me stop breathing for a second.

Give your husband a big squeeze and tell him THANK YOU from all of us...we all appreciate him and all firefighters more than we tend to say out loud.

Liz said...

My father & both of my brothers-in-law were/are firemen. My husband is an ex-cop. The brotherhood & comradery among public servants is heartwarming.

Nora said...

My friend married a firefighter, and the whole FD showed up at their wedding. It was very moving, and I got a glimpse into how close firefighters are.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Gosh that gave me a wee heart attack for a minute.

Thank your hubby for me, would you? Just for doing what he does. It takes a special kind of man to do so much for others when so much could be at risk, personally...especially for his loved ones.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I'm with Auds ... this made my breath stop for a minute.

So beautiful, and so sad.