“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives.”
-Edward F. Croker, former FDNY Fire Chief
Most of us get a little joy out of our occasional chances to help others – an annual charity donation, maybe, or opening a door for someone on crutches, or giving good directions to a lost tourist. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when we do get to help a stranger, we know it’s a good thing.
Even rarer is the chance to save another person’s life. Few of us will ever find ourselves in that position.
But for firefighters, it happens every day. A firefighter does something good for a stranger every time he or she rushes out of the firehouse to attempt to save someone’s home, someone’s business… someone’s life. Lifesaving is part of the job, for a firefighter. Those things the rest of us do only once in a while, if ever – they are part of a firefighter’s daily existence.
Legacy.com’s Remember Firefighters page includes thousands of men and women who took risks and helped others every day. Some gave their lives in the line of duty, while others were able to serve out their careers and retire with memories of the good work they did. They all deserve thanks from us – which we offer today by spotlighting just a few of these good people.
Paul Anson served as a volunteer fireman in Meridian, Idaho, and hoped to have a career as a full-time fireman. His career ambition went hand in hand with his love of helping others. Among his other loves were rugged sports like snowboarding and mountain biking, playing the drums, and riding his motorcycle.
Bishop Clarence Baker Jr. served as a fireman in Jacksonville, Florida, for 23 years. But fighting fires wasn’t the only way he served his country and other people. He was a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, and he was the founder of One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Outreach Ministry.
Rebecca Borger-Quigley served as a firefighter at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base in California, having trained as a wildland firefighter at Carlin Fire Academy. A lover of the outdoors, she also worked at state parks and ski resorts. She was a mother of two – one of whom followed in her mother’s footsteps and fights fires with the US Forest Service.
Wesley Sager served for 37 years as a firefighter, battalion chief and deputy chief in the New York Fire Department. He was also a U.S. Army veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War. In his civilian life, he loved, music, history and travel, and he supported the Wounded Warrior Project.
Richard Maypother Jr. served as a firefighter and EMT in Sterling, Massachusetts, for 20 years. The town’s children knew and loved him as Firefighter Rick, as he ran the safety program in Sterling’s schools. A father of three, he devoted much of his free time to coaching children’s sports, and he loved giving back to his community.
You can view obituaries and sign Guest Books for these and thousands of other firefighters at our Remember Firefighters site.