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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:11 PM

So we finally met with the firemen. They were the best.

My mom died October 8th of last year. I've not done an OP on this because . . . not sure what there is to say. But, now I do have something to say, to remind all of us "takers" what patriotism is really all about.

Cicero argued that man is a social animal and as such, we enter into an agreement with our fellow citizens to live together. Patriotism is the gratitude we feel for each other for entering into that agreement. It was my mom's favorite definition of patriotism, and mine. When people ask me if I am patriotic, I think of this definition and agree I am very patriotic. Grateful to all of you.

So, my mom was 88 years old, never sick a day in her life, independent to the end. On October 6 she was driving home from the grocery store when she had a stroke. Luckily she was near a man standing on the corner with a sandwich sign advertising cell phones. He went over to her car and called 911.

The firetruck arrived very quickly (2 blocks away) and an ambulance. Two of the firemen went with the ambulance to the hospital and left the other two to take care of the scene (her car was in the middle of the road). They could have called a tow truck but instead looked inside her purse, got her address and took her car to her house. When mom's neighbor saw them, the were taking her groceries inside her house to put them in fridge so they would not spoil. Then, they took her purse and car keys to the hospital for her.

I mean really. Who does stuff like that anymore? Ever? For a stranger?

So we wanted to thank them and went down on Saturday. They were all so sweet, and said it meant so much to them that we wanted to thank them. They said no one ever does and so they don't expect it. My sister and I took them candy at Christmas but we couldn't get everyone together to meet until now.

So, next time you need emergency services, especially if they are still provided by your local government as ours are, send a note. Or better yet, go down and shake their hands. They might even give you a ride on a firetruck! (Yes, waaaay cool. You might have to take your 5 year old grandson to get a ride. So worth it.)

I'm overcome with patriotism today. You should be too.

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Reply So we finally met with the firemen. They were the best. (Original post)
Hamlette Feb 2013 OP
hedgehog Feb 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #2
Phentex Feb 2013 #3
Hamlette Feb 2013 #12
RebelOne Feb 2013 #4
annabanana Feb 2013 #5
Earth_First Feb 2013 #6
Wheezy Feb 2013 #7
AndyA Feb 2013 #8
MuseRider Feb 2013 #9
Hamlette Feb 2013 #10
MuseRider Feb 2013 #11

Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:14 PM

1. Thank you for this appreciation of our governmnet employees!

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:14 PM

2. K&R

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:46 PM

3. I admit I am surprised...

I like to think the best of people but they really went above and beyond. I appreciate you telling us about these selfless firemen.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:35 PM

12. thanks, its been hard

I had no idea how hard. I've lost loved ones before, but losing your mom is the worst.

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:50 PM

4. Your post made me tear up.

What wonderful guys these firemen were.

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:52 PM

5. "Patriotism is the gratitude we feel for each other."

I will remember this definition too. I like it.

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:54 PM

6. I'm so glad that your experience was one of fondness and regard...

Our experience was met with hostility and and disregard for failure to properly tithe to the corporation regardless of our payment of taxes to the district.

I couldn't have been any more disgusted if I tried...

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:20 PM

7. What a lovely

and refreshing thing to read today. Thanks for posting it, and I'm sorry about your mom.

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:25 PM

8. For all the bad in the world, there are still a lot of wonderful, caring people

It's easy to forget that with all the negative news these days.

I'm sorry to hear about your Mom, no matter how old they may live to be, it's never old enough.

I'm sure it was comforting to you to know that caring people did what they could to help in her final days.

It will be good to remember that there are people like these firemen out there, the next time the right complains that we don't need them.

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Response to Hamlette (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:35 PM

9. There are wonderful people still out there

and even though I think you would have written this anyway, such is what a good person does, it is sad that it makes one so very grateful because it is not often the case.

I am sorry about your mother. It is hard losing one's mother and I hope you all are doing OK. Be easy, it takes a while, a good long while.

I called 911 just last week when my husband, who had a major heart redo last August, passed out for no apparent reason right in front of me and remembered nothing of the past years we lived here. LOL, he was watching MSNBC just before we started to do what we were doing and he could not remember that Bush** was not the president (YIKES!) We live outside the city so it takes a while for them to get here but very quickly the sheriff showed up, then the fire department and then an ambulance. They were all so kind and wonderful. Yes, there are good people out there and at times like you had and times like I just had it is so important. Wish the hospital staff had been more like them. He is OK, did not even have to spend the night so all is well.

I really appreciate your post, it is always so nice to hear when so often we hear only the opposite.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:50 PM

10. send them a note

I couldn't believe how appreciative they were that we bothered to say "thanks". I was apprehensive because I wondered if they would think it was bothersome to meet with us (it took forever to set up the meeting but it just might have been getting all 4 of them together), I'd started to wonder if we were being pests. Not at all. They couldn't thank US enough. Tell them you appreciate it They might come faster next time

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Response to Hamlette (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:03 PM

11. I was just thinking of that after reading your post

and am ashamed to admit I had not thought of it before. Thank you. I will do that.

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