Some days you get to see things no one gets to see.
"A lot of people out there wonder why we do this job. It's true, some days are bad. We grope around in zero visibility, hoping we grab and arm or a leg & pull someone to safety. Sometimes we can search the entire room and come up empty. Then, you hear about the kid you missed under the bed. I don't care who you are, I don't care how many years you've been on this job. You think to yourself how did I miss that? How did I not reach a few feet further? Yes, there are days you want to pick up your helmet & chuck it in the lake. Some days you get to see things no one gets to see. A wife grateful you dragged her husband to safety, and every once in a while, you see a baby take its first breath in a 10-car pile-up. These are the good days. You want to know what I'm thankful for? I'm thankful for because I have 2 families, and not too many people can say that."
~ Chicago fire