On Friday June 28th we at the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department remembered Firefighter Driver Engineer Jeff Dunn who died 13 years ago from ALS. Saint Francis was home to Jeff and his family. About a year before he died he wrote a letter to the men and women of the CRFD. I want to share parts of the letter and is shows the inherent goodness of this most excellent firefighter.
“I would like to thank every single member of the fire department, and impress upon you how much your support has meant to me and my family. Without this support, the last year would have been incredibly difficult. But with everyone’s help, it has been easier than I ever expected. If you aren’t aware, approximately one year ago was my last shift, and last week I received my final paycheck. The ability to go this long between those events shows the incredible sacrifice made by everyone and I thank you for it.
Please keep in mind that it’s not the fire trucks, fire gear, or buildings that matter...it’s the people; and when it counted most, the department and the town stood behind me and my family. I wish that everyone could take care of each other the way that you have taken care of me. Treat each other like family: if someone needs help, offer it. If someone needs criticism, be constructive. If someone wrongs you, tell them. If you make a mistake, admit it. If someone needs knowledge that you possess, teach them. Most issues will take care of themselves if we incorporate this way of thinking.
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” -Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Remember to pick your battles, choose your words, and when you have doubts or conflicts, keep in mind that you have your health; and despite what you are feeling at the moment, you do have the greatest job in the world.”
As I read, and re-read his letter, it reminded me of how incredibly blessed I am to walk each day with Firefighters, Law enforcement Officers and their families. There is so much profound wisdom in his words! May we never forget the legacy of Jeff! May Jeff rest in peace! Amen!