In our Hearts and Thoughts Forever

Deputy District Chief - Ken Rea

Firefighter - Ray Walter

 

Death is Nothing at All

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other. That we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we always enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me, let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow in it. Life means all that it ever meant, it is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near....Just around the corner....All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost, one brief moment and all will be as it was before, how we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847 - 1918)

Last Call
Brother when you weep for me
Remember that it was meant to be
Lay me down and when you leave
Remember I'll be at your sleeve
In every dark and choking hall
I'll be there as you slowly crawl
On every roof in driving snow
I'll hold your coat and you will know
In cellars hot with searing heat
At windows where a gate you meet
In closets where young children hide
You know I'll be there at your side
The house from which I now respond
Is overstaffed with heroes gone
Men who answered one last bell
Did the job and did it well
As firemen we understand
That death's a card dealt in our hand
A card we hope we never play
But one we hold there anyway
That card is something we ignore
As we crawl across a weakened floor
For we know that we're the only prayer
For anyone that might be there
So remember as you wipe your tears
The joy I knew throughout the years
As I did the job I loved to do
I pray that thought will see you through
Author Unknown