What is a family?
If You look into the dictionary, is a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit, or a unit of the Mafia, or a group of related things, from Latin, means ¨Familia¨. But I really like the Origin definition, late Middle English, ¨Family¨ ¨denoting the servants of a household or the retinue of a nobleman¨
This is what we really are. Firefighters work as a family, we are servants of our duty, our household is London and we believe in the good that human being can do to others. It could be a selfish feeling, saving someones life, or helping others when they more need it, and getting an adrenaline rush at the same time.
But it´s a positive, good selfish act for society, for us. And I know my family is safe because all of us look after each other inside and outside the station. Coming back to the dictionary a ¨Group is a number of people who work together or share certain beliefs¨. And we belief in honesty, in courage, in motivation, in fairness, in loyalty, in life beyond us, we belief in others. I feel very emotional writing these lines, but I really need it. Not only for the lost of my family, but for the distance too, hurts too much. These lines are easing the pain.
On my journey into A27 Clerkenwell Fire Station, a group of friends known as my green watch Family, the ones I will miss forever. I worked in many places and with many people, however I don´t know another watch or anywhere else where I’ve been lucky to be part of. I always said, ¨The choices we make, dictate the life we live¨ and I know now I made the right one moving into A27 Clerkenwell.
What we created at A27 Clerkenwell green watch, is a mix of everyone in there. I feel grateful for all of you guys and the memories and experiences we had, have made me a better firefighter, a better person. Even on a bad day, a had a good one. I have a bit of every one of you, and with tears in my eyes I type these lines to help me out in this detox process. I need to move on. Whatever happens to the place, may it bring as much joy to others, as it did for us.
My frustration is because we didn’t make the decision of breaking the family apart, and we strongly feel that it was unnecessary.
As always, time will tell, we already know.
Goodbye A27 Clerkenwell Green Watch, serving Londoners since 1870.