When the LORD was creating Firefighters it was into the sixth day when an angel appeared and said " you are doing a great amount of work on this,.. why?"
The LORD replied, "have you read the specifications on these people? Firefighters must be able to work for hours fighting fires or seeing to the needs of people that no one else would touch while putting all the circumstances of the stricken victims to the back of their minds. They have to be able to move into action at a moments notice never thinking about the danger and be in top physical condition while running on half eaten meals. They also must have six pairs of hands!"
The angel shook it's head and said.. " six pairs of hands,.. no way!"
The LORD said " it is not the hands that are causing me problems, it is the three pairs of eyes a Firefighter has to have"
Is that on the standard model?, asked the angel.
The LORD nodded and said " one pair to see through the darkness for where they and their fellow Firefighters must go next to fight the fire, a second pair to always see their fellow Firefighters to keep them safe and finally a third pair so they can look for victims caught in the fire that are in need of help."
"LORD", said the angel touching a sleeve, "rest now and work on this tomorrow"
" I can not" said the LORD, " I have so far, finished this model so it can carry a 250 pound human down a flight of stairs to safety from a burning building then return to the station and see to the renewal of all the equipment to be ready for the next call. This Firefighter would not stop until the job was done, so too I must continue."
The angel walked slowly around the Firefighter looking intensely and asked, " can it think?"
" Of course", replied the LORD, " it can tell you the elements of every kind of fire and recite procedures as it sleeps that are needed to care for a person until they reach the hospital all while keeping it's wits steady. This Firefighter also has immense personal control so it can deal with a scene full of pain and hurt and still calmly coax a mother into letting go of her child so it can care for the child's needs."
The angel leaned over and ran a finger over the cheek of the Firefighter and cried, " there is a leak LORD!"
The LORD replied, " it is a tear from bottled up emotions for fallen comrades,... for all the pain and suffering they have encountered and for their commitment to serving others."
" What a wonderful feature!, LORD you are a genius" exclaimed the angel.
The LORD looked somber and said,... " I did not put it there."
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