they greeted us with smiles. ten kids under nine, full of energy and questions can be received in a number of ways. yet these men, took their time and answered every little question they threw out. they were kind and patient. when they pulled out their drawer of tools and little boy eyes grew wild wide with curiosity, the fed their frenzy and let them hold the sledge hammer and the hook. they lifted them one by one into the basket that lifts high for rescue. they let them sit in their seats and try on their hats.
they gave them someone to look up to.
they gave them real live people that do good for others and think of others before themselves.
they gave them kindness and laughter.
they gave them pride in a job they love.
they gave them heroes.
"I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it's a verb."
-Robert Downey, Jr.