West, Texas


West Fire DeptYet again we are reminded of the bravery of the emergency services. Few had heard of the little town of West, Texas before yesterday’s explosion at a fertilizer plant. In the UK this morning it has already become yesterday’s foreign news, despite the loss of twelve with hundreds injured. Being an end-user of fertilizer at this time of year I shall be ever mindful of more firefighter deaths, particularly when we come to fertilize the fields in the next week or so…

They run towards,
while we run away,
they risk their lives,
every day.
Fire crews are awake,
so we can sleep nights,
thank God for the comfort,
of emergency lights.
Every so often,
just like yesterday,
we are reminded,
of the price they can pay.

© Baldock Bard 2013
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