Asbury Park, N.J., firefighter Jason Fazio, was part of a team dispatched to a fire. The day happened to be his birthday.
As Jason was conducting a search and rescue for potentially trapped residents, he was overcome with a flashover that completely covered him with flames. He was forced to jump from a second story window and sustained fractured ribs, a fractured hip, and third degree burns over fifty percent of his body.
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. “—I John 3:16
He spent months in critical condition, then more time in extensive physical therapy. At his first public appearance after being released from the hospital, Fazio was asked to speak.
Dressed in his uniform and wearing an American flag bandana and gloves from his injuries, he shared, “Firefighting takes dedication. Uptown, downtown, city, suburb, volunteer, or career, if you ain’t got pride, courage, don’t even think of getting on that truck. It’s a brotherhood beyond all other.”
This is one of the reasons that few answer the call to this level of service. What motivates anyone to walk into certain danger for total strangers? Oftentimes for people who would not return the favor to them, should the tables be turned. Service is a mindset. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a calling.
Someone once said, “If your job was easy, anyone could do it.” There is something to be said for doing a job that few would consider—and potentially laying down your life—day after day.
MY PROTECTOR, my life is in Your hands. You have appointed the day I was born and the day I will die. I trust You with each day in between. Protect me, carry me, keep me safe in You. Help me to be motivated by Your love for mankind, as I offer myself to You.