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The True Life of a Firefighter

Updated on May 3, 2013

The Life of a Firefighter

My husband is a firefighter and a paramedic. He is a hero.

He sees people at their worst, tired, desperate and in need of help. He is a friendly face amongst the smoke, fire and ashes. He is the helping hand for an elderly woman that can no longer care for herself. He provides a shoulder to lean on when death and destruction have ravaged a home.

My husband is a firefighter. He brings calm to the chaos of life.

My husband is an amazing man. He is a hands on daddy and an attentive husband. He has been my hero since the moment I met him.

I am proud to be the wife of a fireman and to share with you the true life of a firefighter.

Photos by Gina Birdsong

Lord Give My Husband Strength To Do His Job and Please Bring Him Home Safe.

photo by Mathew Waller courtesy of the San Angelo Standard Times

The Sacrifices of a Firefighter

My husband leaves our home each morning unsure of what the day will bring. He kisses each one of our children. He will be gone before they wake. I open my eyes and watch him gather his things. We won't see him for 24 hours. I silently say a prayer and ask God to bring him home safe.

Are You On The Box Today?

The Wife of a Firefighter

The phone rings and I know it is my husband. He is tired I can hear it in his voice. I ask if he is on the ambulance or the fire truck today. He spares me the details of all the emergency calls that evening. He knows I want to tell him about the baby walking along the furniture and the pictures the girls made for him. He is only across town but his thoughts are miles away. Could he have saved that life, did he make the right decisions, would he make the same choices again?

The bells ring and we quickly get off the phone.

The baby is crying I don't have time to think of where he is going.

Marrying a Fireman

This memoir was written by Susan Farren. She is the wife of a fireman that suffered a terrible accident on the job. She speaks on the behalf of all the spouses that take care of the household while their loved one protect and serve.

The Fireman's Wife: A Memoir
The Fireman's Wife: A Memoir

I love that Susan addresses the stresses of making the transition from career woman to stay at home mom. I was a military firefighter. I have struggled many days with my new status as a fireman’s wife and stay at home mom. This story captures the life of a firefighter family and the struggles of being married to a hero.


Daddy's Home

The Home of a Firefighter

My husband slips in the door at 7:00 in the morning. Everyone is still asleep. He barely has time to slip off his blood stained boots before our children start to wake up. They want every moment of his time and his full attention. They have missed him so much. Little is said about the women he helped off the bathroom floor or the baby he watched slip off to heaven. The conversation over breakfast is about grocery shopping, plans for dinner and utility bills. The life of a firefighter is about letting go of the ugly and being able to appreciate the beauty of life.

I know sometimes he is tormented by lost souls. They tug at his mind and his spirit but he has to set those thoughts aside so that he can do his job another day. My husband is a firefighter and a paramedic. He is a hero.

Our Daddy is a Hero

The Children of A Firefighter

Our children will tell you that daddy sleeps and exercises at work. It will be many years before they completely understand what my husband does for a living.

He is their hero because he reads bedtime stories, makes them laugh and gives great piggy back rides.

He is our hero because he is an amazing father and husband.

I'm Going To Be a Firefighter Like My Daddy

The Son of a Firefighter

My son is the spitting image of his father. They have the same eyes and the same infectious laugh that occupies an entire room.

He is built like a tiny fireman.

My husband buys him toy fire trucks and firefighter T-shirts. He jokes that my son was born ready to wear bunker gear and ride a fire truck. My heart wants him to be something else. I am his mother and I know a firefighter's life is hard but I will be proud if he chooses to follow in his father's footsteps.

I will be honored to be the wife and the mother of a firefighter.

My husband runs into burning building. He has the knowledge and ability to bring a man back from the grips of death but it is his love of life that makes him a hero.

He believes there is more good than evil in the world. He believes in America and the future of our children.

He believes in me.

Merry Christmas Michael I love you!

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    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      You are an amazing couple. Out by twitter, and pinned to my heroes board.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! My husband is a firefighter as well :)

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      5 years ago

      I have the greatest admiration for our dear firemen.

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      5 years ago

      I like the part where you said, he brings calm to the chaos of life. So true.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I admire them so much. They always offer their lives to save others.

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      5 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm also the wife of a firefighter, and this is a wonderful lens. It captures so much of emotion we feel, and gives realistic snapshots of what it's like for us. Great job!! I wrote a lens on Sue Farren's book, and I am going to add this one to my lens as a featured lens. You've done a beautiful job here!!

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      srsddn lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. History witnessed the role firefighter played in the grave situations. What an inspiration for the new generation.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens...congrats on your purple star! :o)

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very moving lens. Your writing brings out the emotions of what it must be like to have this hero in your life. I appreciate you sharing this! =) Congratulations on the Purple Star!

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      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      What a beautiful Gift you gave your man. WOW no bought gift can compete with this gift, coming right from your heart.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow, I think this is a fantastic lens. We are blessed to have people like your husband protecting us! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens. What a wonderful Christmas Gift! My husband, father, and brothers are all volunteer firefighters and my brothers are paid firefighter/paramedics as well. They are the true heroes! Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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      5 years ago

      Nice lense, I love the father son photo.

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      5 years ago

      This is so sweet! Must have been a happy surprise for him this Christmas.

      Hope you had a wonderful time with your family bubs. Mwahxxx

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Where would we be without these brave men and women!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens about firefighters and bravery!

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      5 years ago

      Nice, sensitive lens! : )

      Blessed the idea!

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      5 years ago

      touch lens.

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      5 years ago

      My uncle and my cousins are firefighters, they are doing great job,

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      5 years ago

      Wow! Just reading your hubby's response I can so see why he is your hero. So much love going on here. Lovely to see.

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      5 years ago

      What a precious family you have! I think you are a gift to them.

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      5 years ago

      What a wonderful behind the scenes story, I really enjoyed reading about your "Hero". Thanks for sharing such a touching tribute. Merry Christmas!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      What a wonderful tribute to your husband, the Firefighter! Blessed :)

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      5 years ago

      This is an amazing Christmas gift, Imagine my surprise when i came home from a 24hr shift to my wife telling me she made me a Christmas gift. We had been very busy with work, kids, holiday prep, that she hardly had time to pick me out a gift. This tops any present I have ever had placed under a tree. This gift just isn't about me, its about every firefighter / soldier / paramedic / nurse / marine / airman / emt / sailor / police officer and any person who works hard, stands up for their beliefs, and makes a difference even if it keeps them away from their families from time to time. my wife is my hero, she is my inspiration, through her drive and ambition i stay motivated to accomplish new things and new challenges. Thank You, mamabyrd. Love YOU Merry Christmas!

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      MadeInAmerica LM 

      5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing this (My security word for entering this comment was 'megalove' - that about sums it up.)

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      MadeInAmerica LM 

      5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing this (My security word for entering this comment was 'megalove' - that about sums it up.)

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      5 years ago

      Great information! I know that my husband was a firefighter paramedic as well. However, one day he did not come home, he went to the hospital instead because of a fire truck accident. He is now retired because he broke his back in the accident. I have to tell you when you get the call and it is from a fellow firefighter that was one of your husbands best friends on the department there is no worse thought. I hope and pray you and all the firefighter families never have to endure something like this.

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      5 years ago

      Amazing tribute to Michael, and to all our firefighters and families, because we all can relate. You also are my Hero, an amazing person, friend and mother, God bless you and your family always, big hug. miss you all.

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      Carol Fisher 

      5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a moving tribute to your husband who does such a stressful and dangerous job. I'm sure you have to be brave too, knowing he could be in danger any time during his working time while not letting it affect your children or let him see the stress you live with. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      5 years ago

      This is such a beautiful tribute to your husband. :) Have a Merry Christmas ( and/or whatever holidays you celebrate).


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