Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sparky - Saturday Critters

Happy day after "April Fool's Day" I hope nobody got too fooled!


and Italic words for

Fire horses, bravely pulled engines and ladder wagons and raced fiercely to bring firefighters to blazing fires.

Fire Horses
sometime between 1918 and 1921

Number Twelve Engine
outside firehouse in Washington D.C.

Sparky the Fire Dog a true hero

(For Words for Wednesday)

One gullible misconception is, 
that a burning cigarette can do no harm.
It can lead to more than a lawsuit.
One harmful act and the insidious effect of a lit cigarette 
left unattended
 it's smug nature to feast on nearby objects
inflicting damage and spreads
 like an out of control weed
forbidden and off limits
it hungrily thrives on when
left unattended
all the bread or rather money in the world can't stop its destruction
only the tug of a water hose
at the hand of a firefighter 
plucked from the warmth of his bed
to put the blazing fire out.
In the end, man wins, and no human/animal losses.

The next photos below are from a recent fire in town this week

and the firefighter pictured is my son.  This is his first actual fire.
He's completed his schooling process to become a volunteer firefighter and had only gone on firehouse calls like, carbon monoxide to 911 medical calls and etc. until this burning structure.

Photo credits by the Farmington Police Department.

One cigarette attacks a garage with two cars inside. 

Never, underestimate the power of a burning cigarette.

Nobody ever called the fire department because they did something smart.

"The funny thing about firemen is
night and day, they are always firemen."
Gregory Widen, Backdraft


eileeninmd said...

Hello, congrats to your brave son for becomming a volunteer firefighter! I am so thankful for our firefighters. It is neat seeing that at one time the fire equipment was pulled by a team of horses. We have had brush fires due to careless people throwing their lit cigarettes out their car windows.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

may your son stay safe. i respect the heck out of volunteer firemen and women. they give of their own time for training, meetings, medical calls, fires, accidents, etc. etc.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

...ha ha...'because they did something smart.'

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your son is brave ...congrats to him .

carol l mckenna said...

Congratulations on son becoming a firefighter ~~ and love Sparky xxx

My grandfather was a Deputy Fire Chief

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Cloudia said...

Your son is a local hero, Karen!

Elephant's Child said...

Lots of praise to your boy for his volunteer firefighting role. A huge and important job. A hugely appreciated job.
Love the incorporation of Words for Wednesday too.

RedPat said...

Your son is a brave man!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Your son is very brave to choose this line of work. Total respect and a prayer sent up for his safety. Have a great weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

i hope you son will always be safe. Love how you used the words that my friend Sue and I set thss week on EC's post.

The Purple Assassin. said...

Firefighters are one of the bravest people!


Have a great day ahead!

Weekend-Windup said...

Love to see the old pics. Hands of for your brave son. His work is needed. Let he be careful while doing his work...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Good to see your son is serving his community!

Debbie said...

the images of your son are quite powerful!!! important work he is doing, may he always remain safe!!