As many of you know, the anniversary of Ralf’s passing is approaching.
A few weeks ago, his father spoke at a firefighter symposium in Miami. When he told me about it, I expressed wanting to contribute somehow, but wasn’t sure what I could do. Then, the idea for this simple video came to me.
I share this not to make anyone sad, but rather to hopefully drive home a message that needs to be heard. If it inspires one member of the fire service – or one nagging and loving spouse, parent, or family member – to push for further education of the risks our firefighters face and to fight for the protections that they so deserve, then it has served a purpose.
Trust me, I’ve been there. You don’t actually think it can or will happen to you or the people closest to you.
Until it does.
How I wish that we’d known more, sooner.
As they say, when we know better, we do better.
Let’s work towards that.