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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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