Publish Date: July 2011
Sizes: 12x9,16x12, 24x18, 34x25.5
"There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends," a divine truism emblematic of the foundational bonds that undergird and inextricably link our nation. Nowhere has that love been more vividly expressed than in the selfless sacrifice of our beloved first responders…and especially in the nobility of our firefighters. Their own mantra, eloquently expressed in A.W. "Smokey" Linn’s "Firemen’s Prayer," is a moving oath and testament to the humanity and honor of our firefighting brothers and sisters. Through its expressions, their character is truly revealed as they selflessly put others above self.
As I paid tribute to these heroes, the words of their hallowed prayer profoundly moved me. Perhaps no greater act manifests their courage and resolve than that of the firefighters who selflessly entered the embattled towers on 9-11, an event that although a decade removed, stands as an indelible tribute to the unconditional love and selfless service of our heroes. In this tribute, I portray a fireman deliberately ready to engage whatever obstacle threatens. His gear ready and his rig prepared, he purposefully moves to fulfill his oath. Whether engaging a fire, rescuing a family, or providing lifesaving assistance in an accident, we rest secure in his service knowing that when his duty calls, he will not falter in his purpose of service to others. God bless our nation’s firefighting heroes…would that we all live and serve with such dedication and distinction!