Saying that firemen are heroes is a bit of a no brainer. Sure, they get paid, but their job is to literally run into burning buildings and save someone’s life. And sometimes they get cats out of trees. They have these ridiculous shifts, where they work like 50 hours in a row or something, have to wear all this heavy gear, and again: their work day involves running towards fire. I had a papercut the other day and accidentally used hand sanitizer and nearly cried. Firemen are not like us (or me, at least). They’re the last heroes we have left.
Every other job sucks these days. Cop? Nope. They’re all racists who shoot black kids for fun or frame Wisconsin white trash.
Teachers? Half the kids don’t know how to read, they bitch about working only nine months a year, and have one of the few jobs where they can say, “Fuck it, I’ll put on a movie” and that’s OK.
Lawyers? Scum sucking bottom feeders.
Doctors? They abuse drugs and cover up each other’s negligence left and right. Trust me, everyone in a hospital knows which doctor sucks but no one says anything lest the lawyers actually *gasp* prove them to be shitty at their job! And thus people die.
Priests? Too easy.
All of the old professions that were once respected have some dark cloud hanging over them. Is it fair? Not really. There are a lot of good cops. Many teachers are working on shoe string budgets with kids whose parents don’t give a shit. Lawyers suck until they’re the ones who free you from jail. Doctors save lives (for a lot of money, but they still do it). And most priests aren’t molesting kids, and often live solitary lives, all in the name of serving us and a higher power.
But no one hates firemen. Women all think they’re sexy, what with the calendars and all. And there isn’t anything they can really do as a whole that will ever diminish their reputation. Now, they aren’t perfect. There’s a higher rate of arsonists within the profession as compared to the number within, say, security guard, but no one really thinks all firemen are arsonists. There are people who look at all cops with suspicion.
If you’re the poorest, most abused, taken advantage of, beaten down, black kid on earth and a fireman shows up, you’re not scared. You don’t start wondering, “Are they going to shoot me? Screw me at trial? Molest me? Use me for drug experiments?” You think, “Yes! My shit might be saved!” All of us think that. Because firemen are heroes.
One day, things will change because everything always changes. The tide will turn, cops will be liked again, doctors won’t be feared because they’ll have figured out a way to make needles not hurt anymore (fuck you, I’m not getting a flu shot), and priests will at times be the calming presence they’ve been throughout the ages. Then, it’ll go back and we’ll all hate them again. But never firemen. We’ll always love them.
Hail to the firemen – the last heroes left.