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A Tribute To Uncommon Valor.

Updated on August 4, 2010
Tim Haas Hero
Tim Haas Hero
A bulldog cap, a toothpick/floss stick   and an unforgettable smile
A bulldog cap, a toothpick/floss stick and an unforgettable smile
The faces he made smil...the faces he made weep at his passing.
The faces he made smil...the faces he made weep at his passing.
Heaven got a whole lot more colors when tim arrived.
Heaven got a whole lot more colors when tim arrived.

  A Tribute to Uncommon Valor


It always seems to be in one

split second that heroes come to light,

Even in the dark sarcophagus

of a common fuel tank,

uncommon valor enters.


Love often requires sacrifices

beyond any human understanding,

No greater love hath any man then

to lay down his life for another.


Two brothers in a desperate situation,

realized that their dad was in serious trouble,

and needed their immediate help.


So they jumped into a place,

from which there was little hope of return,

In a selfless act, without forethought,

simple compassion drove them,

Into a chasm of death and suffering

undeserved by them both.


We weep for the

loss of Timothy Haas,

and his brother Paul’s pain.

And for their loving father who refused

his own care till his boys were out.


They are Apostles of an

ancient honor to expend

all efforts regardless of cost,


To salvage a most cherished life

from perishing far too soon.


And hail to the rescuers too,

who faced a daunting task,

By the sheer treachery of

death’s toxins that held ambush

in the sludge.


There is one forever vanished 

well liked seventeen year old among us,

And a family wrought with grief,

as our community gathered together,

To burn candles, that wouldl never be

as bright and heartwarming as that

Eternal flame of courage that

two sons kindled in our souls.

while struggling  despeartely

to save their Dad's life.


It is not often that heroes

walk among us leaving footprints to big to fill.


Even my words ring hollow

above the depths of such unfailing love.


Godspeed to your continued 

recovery Paul and Tim Senior 

as Tim rests safe now,

forever in God’s arms.


Our prayers go out to your

family and friends for

eventual healing and peace.



 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~MFB III




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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Heroism by many as instinct takes over and we just do it. No time to ask questions, we just do it. No rewards or accolades cared about, we just do it. Not caring or knowing what befalls, we just do it. To give your life to save a life is a hero by any stretch of ones imagination. God bless these boys for being the men that they were. Life is full of heroes. They are two of them.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Your tribute to these hero's is well written and well deserved. Thanks for giving us a moment to remember valor.

      Namaste friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful

      A hero in heaven, I like that thought.

      Love and Peace

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Very heart warming poem and so very sad. A hero indeed. I enjoyed your poem very much MFB..cheers.

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      ValerieH 7 years ago

      Very touching poem. And a well deserved tribute.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Sir! It seems to have been almost uncontrollable- what he did. Not much thinking- no time- this is it- this has to be done. Uncontrollable bravery! Instilled from long ago.