343. That's why I wear my bracelet. 343 of my firefighter brothers perished. 343 of my firefighter brothers gave their lives bravely while in the service of saving others. Every time the tones go out, I ride on the truck knowing I am taking the memory of one of their souls with me. The sacrifice of the soul on my wrist reminds me of my duty to serve and the privilege it is to give for others. Every time I crawl down a smokey hallway, do chest compressions or talk to children, I do so with the name of a real hero on my wrist. 343...that's why I wear my bracelet.
J.W. Wiest, Firefighter/Paramedic, Albuquerque Fire Department
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