theobrien on Oct. 3, 2007

I didn't know if, how or when I was going to do this. But as you guys noticed on 9/11, I have a love of the fire service. Some of you may (but most probably don't) know, I'm a volunteer fireman. Last week a fireman from my county passed away due to injuries received while working a structure fire.

The viewing and funeral are this weekend. And I just don't feel funny right now.

I'm not going to say his name, or give any specifics, because I feel that trying to honor him on this simple ass webcomic would cheapen his sacrifice. But I want you all to know a couple things about this young man, and other men and women involved in the fire service.

Know that he died while in the commission of the noblest of duties, preservation of life and property.

Know that his family honored his organ donor card.

Know that this young man was doing the job right. Sometimes when you do everything right, things still go wrong.

Know that the next morning when the pagers chirped and the sirens rang, we went back to work.

And know that every time we go to work we honor his memory and the memory of the thousands of fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice as he did.

So instead of poking fun at celebrities in jail, or our comic book heroes, instead take a second to consider what kind of man it takes to risk himself to save life and property.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:13

Rest in peace, brother.