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Into the Fire

April 3, 2014

This is a guest blog by Terri Edkins, a Senior Services Marketing Manager at Kronos.

trafficI have a fairly long commute to work and even on a “good” day the traffic is generally slow. But the past two days traffic has been stop and go all the way to the office. We’ve all been there, and it’s frustrating.

boston firefighter funeralI sit there in the car making a mental check list of all the things I have to do and the deadlines I need to meet. People depend on me, projects need to get completed! Let’s get moving! My mind races as I try to choke back the frustration of crawling along at 5 miles per hour. Then I glance over to my left as a fire-engine red truck inches past me. Inside are five burly men—fire fighters it seems (pretty obvious since the lettering on the truck says “Fire”) all squeezed inside in full dress uniform. It takes me just a second to realize that they are on their way to a funeral this morning for one of their comrades who died fighting this blaze.

Lieutenant Edward Walsh & Fire Fighter Michael KennedyAnd in that moment, I realize that while my work matters, it won’t cost me my life. I’ll eventually get there and complete my tasks. Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh completed their tasks but gave their lives doing it. So on this day, here’s a solemn shout out to the men and women whose work requires the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace and thank you for your service.

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