Honored To Be A Firefighter

Honored To Be A Firefighter

It is such an honor to be a volunteer firefighter.

A firefighter is someone who willingly helps others. It takes courage, decision-making, seriousness, and honor. A firefighter is also someone who isn’t afraid to take risks and be around others. Being a firefighter is not the easiest thing to do sometimes. You see, hear, and smell things that are unimaginable. Whether it is a volunteer fire company or a paid one, we do the same job. That job is to help others. The firefighter’s prayer is certainly on point with the job that comes with the title of “firefighter.” It is a lot of work, but in the end, it is definitely worth it.

Firefighters are the people that you call when your property is on fire and you can’t control it. We are the people who are called when car accidents happen. We are there when unplanned disasters happen. The police and ambulances are there as well in these instances. No matter gender, female or male or other, you can be a firefighter. Even if you do not want to be a firefighter, there are other positions in a fire company that you can do.

The part that most people are unable to do is if death occurs at a call. No one wants to see it happen, but sometimes, we can’t help it. We hate to see it happen as well. All of us try our best to help anyone. Sometimes that just isn’t enough and it’s horrible that it is that way. There are times where it can be unbearable to see these things, especially if it is your family, friends, co-workers, etc. It is just something that happens, that we cannot control.

Personally, if you were to ask me if I wanted to be a firefighter ten years ago, I would have said probably not. My opinion has definitely changed. Although I am only 19, I have seen things that other people would not bear to see. Currently I am a firefighter at Summerhill Fire Company. I am the only woman firefighter. I enjoy it, honestly. The men at the fire company have become like another family to me. I have become close to my firefighting family. They are absolutely people that I love to be around. We joke around and have a good time. On calls, we are serious about doing our jobs. I am absolutely one hundred percent honored and proud to be a firefighter at such an amazing fire company. I would not change anything.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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