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A Noble Profession


©2013 Karen Szczuka Teich

“….He doesn’t know what lies ahead

But he’s always willing to try,

And he hopes he’s always alert to hear

The sounds of a little child’s cry…”

~ Walter J. Hall

This weekend a local firehouse had a party and invited a few close friends.

Many came on foot but most rolled into town, all donning their Sunday Best. They were sparkling and shiny and ready to party!

Pride and dignity accompanied them.

They came to help our Hughsonville Fire Company celebrate 100-years of service. One-hundred-years. It was a sight to behold, one that stirred emotion and awe; something you may only have the opportunity to see once-in-a-life-time, at a centennial celebration.

Among the rolling revelers were The Beast, The Beast from the East, Big Mother II, Foam Boy and Always Ready

The Beast

The Beast
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The Beast From The East
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Big Mother II

Big Mother II
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Foam Boy

Foam Boy
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Always Ready

Always Ready
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On hand and in honor of this celebration were a few “old-timers” as well…

Old Timer

Old Timer
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©2013 Karen Szczuka Teich


©2013 Karen Szczuka Teich

The trucks were impressive. The men and woman were inspirational. Are admirable. Often the first to respond to an emergency scene, Firefighters arrive ready to react. These men and women endure rigorous training and are expected to maintain a calm demeanor in the face of crisis, instantly assess a situation and make sound decisions on how to proceed. Many of them do this on a volunteer basis and do not get paid.

Who chooses such a physically demanding career that requires rock-solid resolve and the ability to summon a courage that surmounts all traces of fear in a moment’s notice?

They are the moms and dads at any given PTA meeting, the neighbor who keeps odd hours, a friend whose always working on the weekends. She might be your sister or a cousin. He could be your son or …

My nephew, Peter. ©2013 Karen Szczuka Teich

My nephew, Peter.
©2013 Karen Szczuka Teich

…my nephew.

Whoever they are in your life, be grateful they are in your life.

One day, they may save your life.

  1. Anonymous
    May 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    you must be so proud of your nephew!

    • May 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      I am! I’m inspired by all emergency service people who put their lives in harms-way for others. It’s noble. 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    May 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Oh I really enjoyed this Karen!
    Will forward to my friend Woody….one of the best!

    • May 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Glad you liked it!! Thanks so much for reading & commenting. I appreciate your kind words.

  3. May 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    So true. My ex-brother-in-law in the UK volunteers as a fireman!

    Love all those engines.

  4. May 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Me too Lady! The trucks were really a sight. Very beautiful.

  5. May 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, this is so cool, Karen! What a neat experience, and thanks for sharing pics and all. 🙂 XOXO Your BB from Cali.

    • May 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Kasey! I’ve been thinking about you & your girl a lot lately. Wondering how things are… hoping you are both well…. Drop me a line if/when you get a chance so we can catch up and I will do the same. xoxox NY

  6. May 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    First responders are either the bravest bunch of people or the craziest. Hats off to them!

    • May 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Here! Here! Andy!! I’m going w/ bravest.
      Hope you & your gals are well. 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    May 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Karen, beautiful photos, you did justice to the fire departments, it was a great show, and Peter looked so hansome ,

    • May 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Vera!

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