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Extra hugs for friends and family - you just never know

Friday, May 10, 2013

We live and work in SE Michigan and anyone in the area knows from the local news recently that on Wednesday morning, a young 29 year old firefighter lost his life while on duty fighting a fire in Westland, leaving behind his wife and a 13 month old daughter. My husband is a firefighter for the same department, and oddly enough, they both began their first day of work for the department together last July, so he worked directly with him and knew him well.

It has been a very difficult few days for myself and my husband, and the whole fire department and community. My heart breaks for that widow and her young child. In another strange coincidence, the widow is a teacher at the school our friends' child attends so we have connections on both sides of this tragedy.

I know that firefighters are well aware of the danger of their jobs and accept that accidents can and do happen. But it is still shocking when something like this occurs. You still think it will never happen to you, or your family, or "your" department. I do a pretty good job of not obsessing about the dangers associated with Brian's duties as he heads off to work, but this brings it all back home. As horrible as I feel for this young family's loss, I feel guilty that I am so relieved that my husband is safe and un-hurt.

So with Mother's Day and a weekend coming up, I know that some people will be spending more time with friends and family than usual. And no matter what people's profession or daily routines are, you just never know what can happen. I know that the holiday sometimes focuses on cards and presents but as I told my husband as he is trying to make my Mother's Day nice for me in the midst of funeral home visitation hours and his professional duties associated with the funeral, I am simply happy that I have my family safe to enjoy around me. Just make sure to give some extra hugs and love to those loved ones and friends this weekend, and enjoy the time you are spending with them, because you just never know.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DRSUNSHINE1 5/16/2013 12:22AM

    So sad on many levels. I have several good friends that are firefighters in one of the local departments and I know for a fact that one of them posted something about this loss. I also can feel for the family left behind as the parent of a young child myself. Plus, I understand from a family-in-service perspective, as my brother-in-law with a 4 month old son is a Michigan State Trooper (not in your area, though!). Best wishes to you and the department. Stay strong. emoticon

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MISS_BETH12 5/13/2013 3:03PM

    I am so, so sorry for your loss! *HUGS!*

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ANASARI 5/11/2013 10:05AM

    I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy, and I hope you and your family are finding some comfort together.

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HDHAWK 5/10/2013 8:44PM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and for his family. My husband is also a firefighter.

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MELTEAGUE 5/10/2013 8:33PM

    Hugs! Every day is a gift ! emoticon

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FEARLESSNOW 5/10/2013 7:27PM

    emoticon Thanks for the reminder of how fragile life really is.

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/10/2013 4:31PM

    emoticon thinking of you guys.

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ROBYNROSE26 5/10/2013 4:20PM

    So Sad! Must hit so close to home! Take care and enjoy every moment with your loved ones!

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BALANCEDLIFE4ME 5/10/2013 4:06PM

    emoticon So true! You never know what can happen. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for the reminder to hold our loves ones near.

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SINGER73 5/10/2013 3:53PM

    So sorry to hear about the lost of such a young man emoticon

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JMB2LOSE 5/10/2013 3:31PM

  I am sorry for your loss. I hate that it took losing someone I love to open my eyes that I need to make time to appreciate the people I care for. Thank you for your post to remind us all to give love.

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