The following Blog is from one of our Ambassador’s
As a public service professional/volunteer there is no bigger honor than serving your community. Unfortunately in this field also, that may include the ultimate sacrifice. I started my public safety career as a volunteer firefighter for the Hitchcock Volunteer Fire Department near Galveston, Texas. As I spent time as a firefighter starting back in 1998, I quickly loved the service and decided to pursue this as a career.
October 5th, 1999 will be a day that I will never forget. Texas City Fire Department Engine 3 was en route to a medical call at the local mall when it collided with another vehicle and tragically took the life of veteran firefighter and Captain William Bethune. While I may not have known Captain Bethune, this struck home being that I have worked with Texas City Fire Department several times on mutual aid calls. Outstanding group of guys in its entire department. This also sets forth the reality for me of the dangers of this job. But I did not waiver. Instead, I was the first recipient of the William Bethune scholarship with pays for your firefighter course and examination as well as your emt-basic course and examination at College of the Mainland which is the local community college.
When I saw Tony Constanzo post on taking applications for the Footsteps For The Fallen Ambassador Program, I wanted to apply because even though I am most likely not able to be a professional firefighter now due to disabilities from war, I am still a firefighter at heart and will always respect the service. When you see a funeral procession that is well over a mile long in just different fire apparatus, with units across the U.S, you know you are in a service where everyone has your back. This organization is no different. I choose Footsteps For The Fallen because of the ultimate sacrifice these firefighters have paid for.