This prayer is from a bronze plaque in the fire hall of Delano Fire Company #1 The plaque was dedicated and placed by the Ladies Auxiliary in 1982. We’re offering it here as a prayer for all fire and rescue personnel everywhere.
When I am called to duty, God – wherever flames may rage,
give me the strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child – before it is too late,
or save an older person from – the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert – and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling – and to give the best in me,
to guard my every neighbor – and protect his property.
And if according to your will – I have to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.