The Fireman's Prayer by James Metcalfe:

When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the 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 oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.

I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property

And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.


My father was a chaplain for the NJ State Fireman's Association, and no less than 4 fire companies. He loved firemen. He even started having St. Florian's services for them. St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters.

Dad taught me to appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of being an emergency responder. It is not easy, with danger around every corner.

This would be why I want to thank the emergency responders in the Twin Tiers. You do not go unnoticed. As a matter of fact, tonight, one person will be acknowledged!

Tonight, the Broome County Firefighter's Association will present the William Grace Firefighter of the Year Award to one of its members. This honor is awarded to firefighters who have performed their duties above and beyond the call of duty.

Next week, we will share a profile of the Firefighter of the Year, so stay tuned!