The “Other” Firefighter

I wrote this poem many moons ago ~ probably close to 20 years ago now.  It was originally written as a tribute to my Dad and Mike who are but only two members of my family that are firefighters.   My sister, two uncles and many cousins have offered  years of service to the people of our community.  Recently I was able to call myself something that I have never been able to until now.  I am the mother of a firefighter and nothing makes me more proud.  I would like to revise the poem I wrote so many years ago and share it with you.  I also remind you to appreciate your local firefighters.  Take a moment to think of all they do and sacrifice to make sure you are safe.

The “Other” Firefighter 

I am the wife, daughter and mother of a firefighter,

An honour I hold dear.

But every time they get a call,

My body fills with fear.


They don’t respond to a call alone,

I am always there.

Hoping and praying they take their time,

And work with utmost care.


I don’t roll hose or run a truck,

I do sit home and pray.

I pray they put the fire out,

And that God shows them the way.


It scares me to think “What could have been”,

Or what the next may be.

But every time the pager goes,

I thank God for Matt and Mikey.


I want them to know as they go out the door,

They’ll never be alone.

There is not a wife, daughter, sister , or mother,

Who will rest until they’re home.


I am the wife, daughter and mother of a firefighter,

Who joins them on their ride.

And every time they get a call,

My body fills with pride.

Until next time…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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