The Firefighter's Prayer
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late 
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, 
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. 
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life; 
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

1931

George Buckley

1932

Steve Evans

1934

Thomas Davidson | John Hill

1935

Paul Holley | Wayne Crocker

1936

George Herrick | Paul Chacona

1938

Joseph Garrison | Fredrick Lee

1939

Nick Kenish

1940

James Raub | Frank Petropoly

1941

George J. Bolton

1942

William VanFleet | C. Bernie Brown

1943

Dr. Louis Fennimore

1944

Paul Evans | Leon Teed

1945

Frank Lake | Dr. Carlyle Haines

1946

Harold Davis

1947

Joseph Murrelle | F. Elmo Daly

1948

Michael Calveric | Roy Haverly

Daniel Hinchey

1949

Leon Shedden

1950

Albert E. Lewis

1952

Benjamin Abrams | William O’Connell

John Umpleby

1953

Charles C. West | Edward Dugan

Benjamin J. Greene | Joseph Wolf

1954

Thomas Jordan

1955

George Mott | Mose Struble

1956

Thomas Pawley

1957

Erwin Rudolph | Clayton Waltman

1958

William Maly | George Wilson

Frank Coleman

1959

Ray Nobles | Earl Schrader

Patrick McCarthy

1960

Michael Mee | Nick Beach

1961

Robert Hill | Abe Stern

Frank Kucak

1962

Robert Adams | Richard Gleockner

1963

Racy Cortright

1964

James Lowe

1965

Howard Daniels | Harry Willis

Chan. Zacharias | Albert Theetge

Ray Roberts

1966

Ed O’Connor

1967

George West

1970

Daniel Tierney | Robert Bostwick

1971

Harry Zeller | Francis Laux

Mike Stetz

1972

Lewis Decker | Mike Finn

Harold Yingling

1973

George Roberts | Ralph Williams

1974

William Geisinger

1975

Angelo Smith | Clayton Swain

Bill Marshal

1976

Arthur Hickey | James Daly

John Frantz

1977

Joe Kennedy

1978

George Greeney | Don Ferguson

Ed Chambers

1979

Earl Davidson | George Weising

Norman Nobles

1980

Ralph Blake | E. Manley Rowe

Jay Scanlin

1981

Angelo Alteri | Andrew Nailen

1982

Thomas Peters | Russ Schrader

Bill Wentzel | Hobart Emery

1984

Herman Nobles | Michael Pryslopski

1985

Art Stiger | Joe Hale

1986

Joe Mullen | Carl Carpenter

Ray Ciavardini | Frank Daub

Ted Skerpon

1987

Ken Ferguson | Ed Friess

Paul Wolcott

1988

Joe Mogielski | Robert Schrader Sr.

Merritt VanValkner

1989

Mike Skerpon | Martin Cotter

John Potter | Harry Kenish

1991

Leo Brennan

1992

Glen Stiger

1993

Larry LaRosa

1994

Leon Shershen Sr.

1997

Don Champion

1999

Ed Dugan

2000

James Ennis

2003

Elwood Schrader

2004

Bud Shershen

2005

John Rhodes

Robert Schrader Jr.

Jeff Oswalt

2006

John Felicita

2008

Joe Sargent

2009

Tom Keir

Nick Chacona

2011

Leroy Frantz

John Altieri

2013

Ed Daniels

Bill Sargent

A Prayer

"Brother, when you weep for me, remember that it was meant to be. Lay me down and when you leave, remember I’ll be at your sleeve. In every dark and choking hall, I’ll be there as you slowly crawl. On every roof in driving snow, I’ll hold your coat and you will know. In cellars hot with searing heat, at windows where a gate you meet, in closets where young children hide, you know I’ll be there at your side.

The house from which I now respond is overstaffed with heroes gone. Men who answered one last bell, did the job and did it well. As firemen, we understand that death’s a card dealt in our hand - a card we hope we never play, but one we hold there anyway. That card is something we ignore, as we crawl across a weakened floor. For we know that we’re the only prayer for anyone who might be there. So remember, as you wipe your tears, the joy I knew throughout the years. As I did the job I loved to do, I pray that thought will see you through"