My Father, My Hero

Tara Johnson

Fishersville, United States

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This is for my father. Even today he is still my hero and I see him often and talk to him nearly every day. I can’t imagine life without either of my parents.

Before I was born and all through my childhood, my father was a firefighter. I always admired what he did to help others and how seriously he took his job. He was and is a hard working and honest man. He was always a volunteer, never a paid firefighter. He worked a full time job that often demanded overtime, and still ran every call possible in his spare time. I can still distinctly remember the sound of the scanner going off in the middle of the night and in a matter of seconds he had his gear in hand and was out the door on his way to the scene of the fire. He fought every kind of fire imaginable in his time with the fire departments that he volunteered for. He also was a member of the Virginia Forestry Service from 1971 through 1990.

In 1988, 7 men out of a 22 member crew recieved honorable recognition with the Waynesboro Fire Department. My father was one of those men. He was given a special made coat for that occasion. He was always really protective of it. I wasn’t even allowed to wear it. But a week ago or so, he gave it to me. I was speechless because I know how much that meant to my father and he worked very hard and earned it. He even left his pins from the fire department on the coat. I will never remove them.

So to my father…..Daddy, I love you. You always were, still are, and always will be my hero for all that you have taught me, your honesty, the values that you have passed on to me, and all you have done for me throughout the years.

Image of my father taken by my mother, Brenda.
The images of the flag and eagle are not copyrighted images and are part of the public domain.

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