Photo courtesy of Scott Dalrymple, EFD
As head of communications for the National Fire Protection Association, I spend a considerable amount of time scanning the news, both traditional media outlets as well as the social media channels. This is one way to keep up with daily events and trends and enhance NFPA's ability to put out information that hopefully is of value to the many people interested in fire safety.
The other night, while quickly scrolling through facebook, I was struck by this photo -- the yellow tape, the smokey haze, the intensity on both men's faces. It wasn't on one of the many facebook pages devoted to some aspect of the fire service, it was on the page of one of my best friends from high school. The picture is of her father and brother at the scene of a three alarm fire in Everett Monday that left six families homeless.Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze. It is a poignant portrayal of the rich tradition that you often see in the fire service -- generation after generation choosing a career where they put their lives on the line every day for those in their community.
Prv. Joseph A. Andreotti joined the Everett Fire Department on in December of 1960 and retired in January of 1996 with just over 35 years with the department. Prv. Rocco Andreotti joined the EFD on in March of 1986, 25 years and counting!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I agree but I wonder what the words were between the two.