Recently, I attended funeral services for a long time fellow Bridgeport Firefighter. I have not been active in the department for some time. I was in awe at the amount of firefighters, both active and retired, that took the time to honor this man.
This brought back an abundance of memories associated with my time with the department. Being a member of the department came at a time in my life when I was trying to find my niche in life. I have always been around fire departments. My grandfather and great uncles were founding members in Martins Ferry as well as my father being a photographer. I think I found the itch to serve when I followed him on calls and watched as men (there were not women at that time), risk their lives to help others.
I made a lot of good friends with the Bridgeport Fire Department, people I could depend on in a time of need. My father was very sick at the time, and I knew if I needed them they would have come to help. Some of these same EMS and firefighters sent their condolences when he passed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those couragous firefighters and EMS personnel for all they do. Keep up all the good work, the village of Bridgeport is lucky to have you all