Don’t bastardize Cheney’s decision and Ayers acceptance by doing something foolish, believing that you are supposed to take a feed, supposed to get burned, if there is no reward at the end of the risk.
While we echo “remembering the fallen and their sacrifice,” we let them die in vain when we don’t challenge our own behavior to see if the same mistakes are lurking in the dark, waiting to be repeated in our fire.
If we continue to advance an agenda that any action that is unsafe is unacceptable, we will pigeonhole our nation’s fire departments into a position where doing their job, what the public expects us to do, is unacceptable.
Relying blindly on technology without incorporating behavioral changes is like giving an M40 to someone who has never fired a rifle in their lives and expecting them to put every round in the 10-ring. It’s not going to happen.