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Freddie the Firefighter

December 1, 2011

Stafford County Firefighters gathered Wednesday evening for a dinner, reflections, and a few words from Baylee.

The wonderful dinner was prepared by Darrell Bauer – Wheatland Café – and provided as a gesture of appreciation by Farm Bureau. After everyone had stuffed themselves to a point of borderline non-walking capacity, it was time to look back on the year’s accomplishments.

Reflections started by recalling the many emergencies that responders dealt with the past year. It included a tornado, highway accidents, a house fire, a power plant fire, and a dry season that at one point included thirty fires in thirty days.

Some of the accomplishments included a new fire station, a new Emergency Operations Center, a new rescue truck, new rescue tools, a refurbished tender, and a new supervisory vehicle.

The evening concluded with a video of music tied in with pictures. But, before that video a short essay titled “Freddie the Firefighter” was recited by Baylee Lauffer.

The essay is an adaptation of an essay written by the late great Red Skelton.

Stafford County Firefighters loved it. I’m sure Red did too.

Freddie the Firefighter
Freddie the Firefighter is a little bit of you, and a little bit of me, a little bit of all us, you know?
He’s found out what courage means.
He knows the value of time.
He knows that our time can end in a moment. We say we don’t have time to do this or that. There’s plenty of time. The trick is not to waste what we’ve been given.
And Freddie knows all these things. And so do you.
He doesn’t ask anybody for a big salary, because it would be taken from you.
He doesn’t ask for a medal or flowering recognition and he knows one more thing…that the kind things he does today may be forgotten by many tomorrow, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
He’s nice to everybody because he was taught that man is made in God’s image. He’s never met God in person and the next fella just might be him.
I would say that Freddie is a little bit of all of us.

Thanks Baylee!

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