Today we lay another Brother to rest and as many of us are unable to be there, we want to keep the family and Jakes in our thoughts and prayers as a dedicated brother and family man. Lt. Kelly answers his final alarm.
Lt. Kevin Kelly
Fire House USA
"I'll lend you for a little time, A Fireman of Mine," He said, "For you to love them while they live, And mourn for when their dead, To remember their sacrifices and never forget. It may be twenty-two or thirty-three or sixty or seventy years or more. But will you, till I call them back, Take care of them for Me? They shall bring a smile to gladden you and protect you when harm calls your name, And should their stay be brief, You'll have all their lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise they will stay, Since all from earth return, But there are lessons of history to be learned, Traditions to be taught, and My people to protect. I've looked this wide world over, In My search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected all of you; Now will you give them your love, Not thinking this labor vain, Nor hate Me when I come to call And take them home again?" I fancied that I heard you pray, "Dear Lord, Thy will be done, For all the joy Thy brother shall bring, The risk of grief we gladly undertake, For this job though dangerous, Is a call in Thy service O'Lord. We'll guard them all with our brotherhood, We'll love them while we may, And for the happiness we've shared, Forever grateful for their stay. But should the angels call for One much sooner than we've planned, We'll brave that bitter grief, that comes as we try to understand, that we must finish what is left undone, We must carry on".