Almost all of us have experienced a simple fire on the stove that scared us because we know what could have been. Almost all of us know someone who has survived a house fire or had a close call. Almost all of us remember watching those towers fall on that fateful September morning knowing hundreds of first responders were still inside.
Indeed, we all know the dreadful feeling in the pits of out stomachs when we see the firetrucks speeding down the road and the quickening beat of the heart when you see smoke rising from the direction of somewhere you live or near those you love.
Yet we do not find ourselves obsessed with this danger because of the nobility of the men and women who make it their goal every day to protect their communities and save the lives of anyone who needs help. That feeling you feel for that slight moment when you are hoping it is not something you value going up in flames is the feeling the families of these brave firefighters feel every time the siren is heard because they already know that no matter where it is... The flames are touching something they love.
Please stand with Widows of Warriors today and pledge that no family of a firefighter lost in the line of duty will have to suffer the financial hardships that the loss of their hero could create. Because of their loss someone was not left in a fire. Let us always remember to repay that debt.