Sunday, December 25, 2005

An Athens, WV Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Carol

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
The Federal Q echoed
Rachel and Tim blared it's sound...
Athens Firefighters came running from far and from near
Adam raced to Engine #1 quickly donning his gear...
And Mo in his bunker gear, his boots and his hat
Jumped into the engine asking "Where's Kevin at?"
Down at the corner of vermilion & Oak
Mercer County Control told Tom
Of a house filled with smoke...
Smoke billowed from the sides,
From up and from down
Yet up on the roof there was none to be found...
Up to the rooftop Assistant Chiefs raised a ladder
Both Stans climbed up to ask Gillian
"What's the matter?"
Derek climbed to the top and what did he see?
Nothing more than a fellow in red
Stuck up to his knees...
The Renns tugged and pulled until he came out,
Winking his eye me and Martinez heard Beverly shout...
"These newfangled chimneys, they're too friggin' small
for a fellow like Heavy, not skinny at all..."
With a twitch of his nose he dashed to his sleigh,
And called to his reindeer
"Away now, Away...!"
As Lee rolled the hose the man flew from sight
Saying "God bless Athens Firefighters,
Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!"
Written by one of my fellow firefighters on the department, Charles "Chuck" Marshall, pictured above. He wrote this last week and included all the active member's in the poem and my hat's off to him! (Yes girls, he's single, 23 and a senior at Concord University...)
Have a safe and Merry Christmas from myself and the rest of the Athens Volunteer Fire Department!

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