I often laugh when I hear people say they work for the BEST fire department in the country... because I can promise you that they don’t!!! Jacksonville Fire Rescue has over 60 of the BEST stations who everyday but their lives on the line to save you or your families lives!! This was clearly and without a doubt demonstrated Sunday August 26, 2018 when Station #1
“The Rock” during their routine training notified Fire Communications about “something” going on at the Jacksonville Landing. Shortly after, Ladder 1 informed Fire Comm of mass shooting and Captain Jeremy Cooke, Engineer Robert Dopson and Firefighter Eddie Wallace, without hesitation ran towards the Landing and Chicago Pizza where it was told several other people had been shot. Not only did they run in without any equipment but they also didn’t have complete backup from Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.
Without a doubt, in my 17 & 1/2 years with JFRD, I can honestly and PROUDLY say this is one of the most HEROIC things I have seen my co-workers do!
Of course none of this would have been as successful if it wasn’t for our “voices behind the mics” or as our Fire Chief calls us “The tip of the spears”... They undoubtedly took control of the chaos and did an amazing job in assisting not only Station 1, but all the other units that rapidly jumped aboard to help the wounded citizens running up and down the streets after being shot at by one gunman!!! While I am bragging about my amazing coworkers, I am hoping and praying that the next time you see your fireman shopping at Publix you don’t complain to the news media but instead thank them for the job they unselfishly do everyday... or the next time you want to complain about your property taxes going up, go to your city counsel members and help them vote to fund more fire stations and put more 🚑🚒 on the streets!! I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I did as it was being taken!! Help my make our JFRD HEROS go viral so they all know just how much we appreciate them for “just doing their job” 😉😊
P.S. Thank you Lt. Eric Prosswimmer for stopping what you were doing and making this memorable photo happen!!
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