How many times have you seen it (or participated in it)? A tragedy happens where a firefighter gets injured or killed and the comments begin to fly about what went wrong - and how they would have done it differently, of course. Let’s take an incident that hit close to home for me. The Toledo Fire Department lost two brothers during an apartment fire this past January. Within a few hours of that tragedy, the internet exploded with accusations and ridicule based on a few published photos and incident descriptions. It was infuriating!
We’ve seen and heard this countless times, of course, and it’s not just social media at fault. Firehouse kitchen tables, political meetings, press conferences, and media speculation all rise to the low practice of ridicule.
We can’t control external sources, but we can control ourselves, and we are better than this! If you don’t know what happened, shut up! Seems like simple enough advice, right?
Nobody needs a Monday Morning Quarterback. If you weren’t playing in the game, don’t criticize those you were.
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