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ANIMALS ARE notorious for finding homes at fire stations. When they do, they seem to create a keen, yet temporary, interest on the part of the firefighters. I’ve seen ...

Tommy Neiman, Author of Sirens for the Cross; EMS Training Officer – St. Lucie County, FL; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director / International Board Member


Actions and words leave a lasting impression

ANIMALS ARE notorious for finding homes at fire stations. When they do, they seem to create a keen, yet temporary, interest on the part of the firefighters. I’ve seen an array of animals seek temporary shelter in a fire station, from dogs and cats to birds, raccoons, and armadillos. We even had a large python hanging out at our front door one night until a gentleman claimed it. Of all the animals the most memorable one is the Station 2 Squirrel.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.” (1 Corinthians 2:13)

My encounter with the Station 2 Squirrel occurred my rookie year when I saw this visitor in the middle of the dinner table eating a walnut. Three burly firefighters, buried in the newspaper, sat next to a munching squirrel. As I moseyed over to get a bowl of cereal, I casually said, “Who’s the visitor?”

When the squirrel finished his walnut and bounced around a bit, I finally heard about this unique creature. As the weeks passed my affection grew in the warmth and delight of this little critter. Most mornings, the on-duty shift opened the screenless back kitchen window where the barbecue was conveniently located. Our fun-loving friend then jumped on it, climbed up to the windowsill, leaped down onto the kitchen counter and over to the table, and expectantly waited for breakfast. And he never left hungry. He seemed to trust everyone, at least those with blue uniform shirts. I had him walking on my arms almost immediately. Yes, he was quite the character and we enjoyed his antics shift after shift. Then one day, he didn’t show up. When a call came in, we hurriedly exited the station, but not so quickly we didn’t notice a fluffy-tailed, car-squished animal about 500 feet down the road. We hoped it wasn’t our Station 2 Squirrel. As the days passed and he never returned, we feared he hadn’t learned to look both ways before crossing the street.

The Station 2 Squirrel was a neat little character. He left quite an impression on the guys and really helped lighten the atmosphere at this busy station.

Our actions and words, too, will leave a lasting impression on those we work with and serve. Words and actions, once said and done, can not be taken back. Let’s make sure they are spoken to encourage and reflect our love for the Lord.


Fill me, Lord, with your wisdom so that my every expression, whether in word or action, leaves a lasting impression that reflects who I am in you.

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