by: Jennifer Phares
“I promise concern for others.
A willingness to help all those in need.
I promise courage – courage to face and conquer my fears.
Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me.
I promise strength – strength of heart to bear whatever burdens might be placed upon me.
Strength of body to deliver to safely all those placed within my care.
I promise the wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort,
And the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called.”
A Firefighter’s Pledge
Not often does the general public get an “inside” look into the world of public safety. Usually, their only interactions with first responders revolve around an emergency event. Be it a call for a 10-46 or a motor vehicle accident, heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing…or just a call because someone is lonely. Every day, dedicated men and women around the world willingly risk their lives for complete strangers. Sometimes, the people who call for help aren’t strangers.
Long Island Volunteer is a documentary film made by the volunteer firefighters and emergency medical professionals of Long Island, New York. This film takes a look at what drives these dedicated first responders to risk their lives for…free. Yes, that’s right. Having been a volunteer EMT not too long ago, I can personally say that it’s the desire to help others. Even now working at a paid, rural EMS service here in Central KY, the motivation is still the same. It isn’t about the money or the so called “glory”; it is genuinely about serving the community. With that being said, please check out the official trailer for Long Island Volunteer:
A release date has not been set yet for this film, however as soon as one is – it will be posted here. And as always, don’t forget to visit their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/longislandvolunteer/. One thing is for sure, it looks to be an amazing documentary.