You’ve all heard me talk before about how proud yet scared I am every time my firefighter son goes into a dangerous situation. Well today was another one of those moments. On the coldest day of the year, below zero, was scheduled Water and Ice Training for the newbie’s of the team. I was hoping it would be rescheduled due to the frigid temps but my son informed me that rescues aren’t scheduled around the weather and at some point this may be the exact way a rescue plays out. Well, I guess he’s right but it all seems dangerous to a mom.
I decided I wanted to be there for the whole experience and I’m not sure if it was because I was scared to death by what could happened or if not being there would be worse on me. All kinds of horrible things were running through my head. All I could picture was he being dumped through a hole in the ice just big enough for a body to fit through, going under, and the current dragging him under the ice. You know one of those moments like you see in the movies.
I was so grateful to see the actually situation when I got there. The hole in the ice was quite substantial, large enough for several people to be in the water at one time, a retrieval rope was in place as well as rescuers on the other end manning the rope.
And there he was in his bright orange suit bobbing on the water like a fishing lure, smiling the whole time. And there I was with my camera capturing every moment. Now if this comes to a real life situation I don’t think I’d be quite as calm, there’d be no planned moment and it could play out like how I’d envisioned.
It’s such a dangerous profession but he’s the type of person who’s good at what he does because he cares about the people involved, it just scares a mom beyond words. Every time that pager goes off and he’s toned to fire or accident I wait nervously by my phone waiting for the call saying he’s all right. Just think he’s only 21 so I have many more years of worry ahead of me, but I couldn’t be prouder of the kind and generous man he has become.
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