This poem was sent into us anonymously via our website and we think that it encapsulates the daily struggles of anyone who has, or is, serving in the emergency services, regardless of which service they are in, or where in the world they serve.
Whatever you end up reading about the emergency services in the mainstream press, then always remember that the men and women who serve in the emergency services are there to help and protect you during your darkest moments.
This short poem is dedicated to every man and woman who serves on any of the ‘thin lines’.
Please always remember that emergency services personnel really are human too. We have friends and family, just like you:
I have been where you fear to go.
I have seen what you fear to see.
I have done what you fear to do.
All these things I’ve done for you.
I am the one you lean upon.
The one you cast your scorn upon.
The one you bring your troubles to.
All these people I’ve been for you.
The one you ask to stand apart.
The one you feel should have no heart.
The emergency worker with lights of blue.
But I am human just like you.
And through the years I’ve come to see.
That I’m not what you ask of me.
So take a ride, come one everyone!
Will you take it? Will anyone?
And when you watch a person die.
And hear a battered baby cry.
Then do you think that you can be
All those things you ask of me…?
– Author Unknown
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