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    Tribute to "The Worcester Six"

    We came to be known
    as the 'Worcester Six'
    but we were just firemen,
    the ones God had picked

    We were called to respond
    to a fire one night
    when we arrived on the scene
    there was no one in sight

    A fire in a warehouse
    the dispatcher said
    we were told it was empty
    we thought, victims, instead

    A faint wisp of smoke
    hung in the air
    the fire lay waiting
    deep inside, somewhere

    A cold winter's wind
    cut through the cold
    we assume someone's inside
    no matter what we're told

    Engine men were stretching
    their hose up the stairs
    as Ladder men gathered tools
    getting prepared...

    ...for the task lying before us
    to search and to vent
    this is our responsibility
    it's why we're sent

    As we entered the building
    looking up toward the sky
    no windows were visible
    we'd have to vent high

    So we climbed up six flights
    to access the roof
    light smoke in the stairway
    serving as proof

    That a fire was present
    not yet too intense
    these measures we employ
    are the proper defense

    They allow us more time
    for search and for rescue
    before the fire gets rolling
    cutting off our escape route

    After we vented the roof
    we descended one floor
    to begin searching for victims
    entering through a door

    We're in a windowless room
    our lights cut through the haze
    from one room to another
    soon we're lost in a maze

    As we're searching for victims
    and for the exit
    the fire suddenly intensiifies
    as oxygen reaches it

    In what seems a blink of an eye
    the smoke's black and thick
    we don our masks with urgency
    we need to get out quick

    Desperately looking for the stairs
    can't find our way out
    fumble for our radios
    "Mayday, Mayday", we shout

    Crawling through this labyrinth
    from room to room
    only twelve minutes of air
    between us and our doom

    We try to relay our location
    to our brothers outside
    in hopes that they'll find us
    before we have died

    Enveloped in the darkness
    time seemed to be frozen
    suddenly aware of the risks
    of this profession we'd chosen

    It takes but a moment to realize
    we may not survive
    we're now sharing our air
    trying to stay alive

    Meanwhile, desperation outside
    as we lay dying
    a rescue plan put together
    two brothers are trying

    Trying to reach us in time
    and pull us to safety
    but their effort's in vain
    it just wasn't to be

    They crawl through the darkness
    and become lost, too
    now the rescuers are victims
    so they start another crew

    No shortage of volunteers
    outside the building
    to risk his life for his brothers
    every man is willing

    The only thing that mattered now
    was finding their brothers
    for it's their unwritten code
    to depend on each other

    As the third crew fell victim
    to this hellish structure
    whether more crews be sent in
    was up for conjecture

    It was then that the Chief did
    what had to be done
    he pulled everyone out of there
    the building had won

    It had swallowed our bravest
    and was not giving them up
    in a last act of bravery that night
    the Chief said, "Enough!"

    For more than two weeks following
    as the world looked on
    the city of Worcester, Massachusetts
    recovered their brave sons

    There were funerals and memorials
    and a Presidential proclamation
    for the bravery and valor of these men
    was beyond imagination


    God keep you Paul, Tim, Tom, Jeremiah, Joe & Jay


    Lt. Tom Kenney, Providence Fire Department

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    Thanks Tom
    Pray for the Worcester Six


    Neil @ Fallen Brothers

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