Excerpts from Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a Book called Brotherhood:
"…Before the terrible attacks on New York City, firefighters were already among the most loved and admired people in our (community). It is easy to understand why. Firefighters are the purest example of love that we have in our society.
It is human instinct to run away from fire. Firefighters train themselves to run toward fire, determined to save the lives of people they many never have met before. When they enter a burning building, they don’t stop to ask the race or religion of the people inside. They don’t wonder whether a person is rich or poor. They are motivated by a pure and profound love for human life. And it is this spirit that makes our (communities) and our nation great.
There are some people who believe this courage represents the absence of fear. We know that is not true. Firefighters are in most ways ordinary people, but they are capable of extraordinary heroism because they do no let fear determine their actions. Their courage is found in letting their love for human life, their sense of duty and obligation to their fellow human beings, cause them to rise above their own immediate concerns. In doing so, they set an example for all. They remind us what each of us can become – selfless…courageous…and heroic at the moment when the pressure is greatest. They show us what we are all capable of in the most difficult and dramatic moments of our lives, as well as in smaller moments all along the way.
There are many rewards to being a firefighter – the admiration of children and adults, the deep sense of (togetherness) that exists within the fire (station). But this respect and camaraderie are a measure of the risks that are involved in this noble profession. Each day, firefighters know that they…..may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice."