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Into the Fire - A Poem

Updated on June 1, 2014

A Tribute to All FDNY Heroes

I wrote this poem on September 11, 2011 as a tribute to those that ignored the danger and pulled people from it. It also looks at how some will die trying to save every person, even when they know that it isn't possible.


into the fire, he ran
ignoring danger and fear
into the fire, he went
looking past the horrors
that would break another man
intense blaze and smoke
could not barricade him from duty

in the clean air, he brought two
one on his shoulder, another in tow
but into the fire, he returned
dodging falling debris, he scanned and searched
like a magician walking from nowhere,
he brought forth another terrified soul
and into the fire, he disappeared again

tracking his path to the screams and cries,
two more found his saving embrace
into the fire, his fourth rescue began
he climbed and climbed, weaving through frightened faces
the sixth was heaved by his heroic hands

into the fire, he went
and the tower began to fall
into the fire, he sped
but the building crumbled over him
into the rubble, they dug
and found his broken body
into the ground, he was buried
and forever into our hearts,
he is a hero


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    • chuckd7138 profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles Dawson 

      6 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Thank you, Paul. I'm honored.

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      Paul W. Fitzpatrick 

      6 years ago from Reading, MA

      Your service in the Navy gives you a keen insight into other services of sacrifice. This comes through in this piece. Thanks for your service and for the poem. I will be sharing this with some buddies in the fire service.

    • chuckd7138 profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles Dawson 

      6 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Thank you, LEW!!!

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      Leslie Schock 

      6 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      I am unable to express anything different than what has already been said above, so I'll just say what a beautiful piece of writing.

    • chuckd7138 profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles Dawson 

      7 years ago from Bartow, FL

      That you, Patty! It is quite sad when a handful of tiny gestures are the only gestures. I have seen a few other poems and writings posted.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Not enough was done today 9/11/2012 to honor these heroes. We must always remember and your p0em helps to do that. Up and Awesome.

    • chuckd7138 profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles Dawson 

      7 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Audrey, RT & coffee, thank you all for reading and your comments. =)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      What a beautiful remembrance for all those who perished in the moment of a cold cold world!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your tribute to the heroism of the firefighters on 9/11. Remembering them causes us to think of all the heroism of the day.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Such an appropriate piece for today--Passing this one on--

    • chuckd7138 profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles Dawson 

      7 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Thank you for reading. I actually thought about writing a new one today to post on here, but I thought it would be better to post the one I felt to be the best of all of my remembrance poems.

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      7 years ago from United States

      A sad but poignant tribute to true heroism and so many that give up their own lives for others. Thank you for sharing this reminder and on this special date in history.


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