Helmet cam footage of the very different kind
I rarely post on subjects outside of the fire service. This blog wasn’t planned for those years ago when it started. Today, however, I break that rule so you can see and read of a different kind of helmet camera video. Your day today might be fun or it might be a pain in the ass, but if all the cards are played right and you read your smoke correctly and ‘everyone went home’, then it was a success. You’ll go on to enjoy your ‘brotherhood’ and debate all the ills and remedies of the fire service.
Some, since that September thirteen years ago, no longer have that easy day. They have come home to rest across the river from here in a garden of stone, or in small towns and big cities where silent sentinels stand the watch in shadows, kinsmen from past generations of wars and conflicts. Some, you and I might consider lucky, have come back with part of them left behind, physically, mentally, emotionally. Some of them consider the dead “lucky.”
Over 2,200 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan.
I hate this war.
Actual video, courtesy of U.S. Army and Mrs. Charlene Westbrook, of two helmet cam views from medevac crewmembers,
"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell."
General William Tecumseh Sherman
Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.