Our world is bombarded with tragedy, hate, harsh words, and deceit. But, our world is also full of kind, generous people who would sacrifice their own life for a complete stranger. I married a kind-hearted person like this who helps gunshot victims, rape victims, people threatening or who have just attempted suicide, victims in cardiac arrest, and children who have been abused, to name a few. Of course he puts out fires too! Sometimes he is spat on and threatened in the midst of helping people. He works 24 hours shifts and rarely sleeps on shift because they respond to calls around the clock. He never complains about his job, because he loves what he does. He would also hate that I am writing about him.
Russ always warns me when there is talk of a hurricane, tornado, snow storm, etc that he will probably go work overtime and to make sure he’s able to get to work for his scheduled shift. There’s no calling out because there’s too much ice or because his car is stuck. It really kicked me in the gut the first few times because it occurred to me that every hurricane, snow storm, or other catastrophic event means he probably won’t be here. At first I was overwhelmed thinking about dealing with multiple children (no, this is not a pregnancy announcement) without him during a major event, but then I realized that we should all live with the “helping others” mindset.
Russ has inspired me beyond belief. Years ago, when I married him, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and now he is so passionate about what he does. He is an amazing husband and father and truly loves his profession. Is it emotionally taxing on him? Of course. All first responders deal with “those” calls that make you question everything. They see things that make you question humanity. First responder means “to run toward an event rather than away from it.” Wow.
WE signed up for this. I have received text messages that say “I am at a bomb threat” or when he was late to come home after shift, I wondered if he was injured in a fire the night before. Uncertainty can be scary, but one thing is certain – God has called him to this profession. God is using Russ to teach me about the importance of reaching out to people, even when there is no “thank you.” God is using Russ to teach me that we should not do things for recognition, but to show God’s love through our actions and reactions.
If you are a firefighter, EMT, military, or police spouse – I want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting your other half in the endeavor to help other people, in a time where there is so much hatred toward the helping profession.
If you are a firefighter, EMT, military, or police officer – thank you for keeping our streets safe. Thank you for putting your life on the line every single day. You are truly heroes.
People spit on you, post ugly things on social media, riot on your streets – and still you go to work every single day, to protect people who don’t even realize the sacrifices and situations that you face. THANK YOU!
If you haven’t, be sure to thank your local first responders for protecting your streets. Our men and women in blue truly amaze me because our world has become so violent. I truly mean these words at the very core of who I am because I deeply believe in the work you do. You are ALL an inspiration.
Lizzy Christian received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University's Graduate School. Lizzy started her career as a High school Athletic Director and transferred over as a School Counselor to follow her passion for helping the hurting. She is married to a Firefighter/EMT who is working toward his last few phases of becoming a Paramedic. Liz is a contributing writer to Start Marriage Right and was also published with Relevant Magazine.