A Fireman’s Prayer 

This week has been particularly challenging for all of us in Arizona. Across the world, the Yarnell fire that took the lives of 19 elite members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew has made headline news. As we prepare to celebrate our great independence on the 4th of July, this tragic event weighs heavy on all our hearts.

It’s hard to understand how something like this could happen. It’s even more difficult to understand why. For some, the act of bravery comes natural, while others stay on the sidelines rooting for the best outcome. Among the busy social media feeds this week, was the Fireman’s Prayer, which helps me understand the why. 

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage
Give me strength to save some life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late
Or save an older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

Tomorrow I will be spending the 4th of July holiday with my children and my fiancée Tonya. We will take a moment to remember and thank the 19 men who died this week, and those who are continuing to fight the fire. It’s because of brave, dedicated men and women, who do not question the why or the how and instead, go running into danger, so that the rest of us can continue to declare our independence and freedom.

This year, the 4th of July gives us even more opportunity to celebrate those who have died then and now. Thank you to the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who gave their lives. Thank you to their families and their friends. Thank you to those who continue to work tirelessly to contain the fire. Thank you to those who are volunteering to help. Thank you to all the individuals, companies and organizations that are donating time, money and effort to support those impacted by this tragic event. From my family and team to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe holiday! Nate