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A Firefighter’s Wife
WHEN RYAN was hired by Vestavia Hills Fire Department in Alabama, the childhood dream of a four-year-old boy came true and I became a firefighter’s wife. Like many ...

Marybeth Farrell, Wife of Firefighter Ryan Farrell, Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Central Alabama Chapter


Include me, don’t exclude me

WHEN RYAN was hired by Vestavia Hills Fire Department in Alabama, the childhood dream of a four-year-old boy came true and I became a firefighter’s wife. Like many others I know, and ones I don’t know, firefighter spouses differ in many ways, yet we have one commonality; we all play the special and unique role of being married to a first responder. Do I wish he were home every night? No, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m proud of the career he chose. I know he’s exactly where God called him to be and doing the work God called him to do.

Frequently I’m asked, “Do you feel afraid and worry about him?” I’ve met other firefighter wives whose lives are plagued with worries about the dangers their husbands face. But, the truth is I don’t have to be afraid. Together, Ryan and I serve an awesome and faithful God who loves us both. King David said, “My times are in your hands …” (Psalm 31:15), and I’ve made the same choice. I choose not to worry, because Ryan is in the hands of our loving heavenly Father, who created him!

“My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.” (Psalm 31:15)

I get discouraged at times with Ryan’s schedule, but I know I can’t allow discouragement to gain a foothold and rob me of my joy. I need to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). Selfish thoughts will not only rob me of joy, they’ll lead to resentment toward Ryan and the work he loves. When these thoughts of discouragement and self-pity start to creep in, it’s important for me to be suited up and ready to fight—attired with God’s armor, in his Word, and in fellowship with others. My friendship with other firefighter spouses, who understand and experience the same emotions I face, is a huge comfort to me.

I challenge all first responders—include your spouses in fire-related extracurricular activities. Encourage them to find a support group such as a Bible study or dinner with friends. Ask them how they feel about your career, hours, and the danger you face. Include them; don’t exclude them from the life you lead when you’re apart for long periods of time. Doing this is just as important for you as an individual as it is for you and your spouse as a couple.


Thank you for my spouse. Guide me as I seek to more completely understand my loved one’s feelings toward his career.

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