The Fire-bells ring one last time

Posted: March 24, 2011 in accident, death, Firefighters, Poem, poetry

Siegfried (Stan) Grundlingh was one of those firefighters that never gave up, and NEVER left a man behind.

A true Fireman, a great friend, one that I had the pleasure of working with whilst stationed at Benoni Fire and Emergency services. We worked and partied hard together…

Yesterday, the fire-bell rang for the last time for him, and he died tragically in Abu Dhabi in a motor vehicle accident.

Goodbye old friend. You will be missed by all!

The fireman

Hey mom!” He yelled from the attic door,

“What’s these old heavy boots and hard hat for?”

With a lump in her throat and a tear stained cheek

His mother swallowed and started to speak.

“Come here my son,” his mother said,

“There’s things to tell when I clear my head.”

The past races madly through her mind.

She searched her heart for the words to find.

At last she sighed and rubbed his hair

And the words that followed I’d like to share.

“Those boots & hat,” She said with pride,

“Were worn by a man with grit inside.

He wore them to help people in need.

Though facing danger would never concede.

Many a time in the dead of night

He jumped in those boots and flashed out of sight

To answer a call, not knowing for sure

What danger or heartache he may have to endure.

Your father, my son, was not like most dads,

It was mainly because of the job he had.

His life was devoted to all of mankind,

Just why he chose it’s not clear in my mind.

I’ve often regretted the life that we led,

When every third night I was alone in our bed.

But your mother is proud to say she was part

Of a man who possessed such a courageous heart.

So the memories I’ve kept & the love I will save

Are small consolations for the life that he gave.

Yet, for all his discomfort & all of his pain

The time that he spent here was never in vain.”

I know full well these words to be true,

And not one word did she misconstrue.

But from all my mother shared that day

It’s these last few words I’d like to convey.

My mother, with tears, save a long loving sigh,

And I knew what would follow was not meant to die.

With a smile so warm & a voice very weak,

She kissed my young brow & started to speak.

“Your father’s days here made others seem brighter.

For your father, my son, was a firefighter.

This poem was taken from the bulletin board at Engine 50 CFD. The author is unknown

 

 

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Comments
  1. Kathy says:

    So sorry for your loss Carl. xxxx

  2. Jenty says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Carl

  3. Oh Carl, that is so sad 😦

  4. Zen Finlayson says:

    Hey Carl – Stan the Man was my awesome brother. It is almost a year since his passing, and still i cannot fill the space. This song from Bruce Springsteen is my dedication to him. You were right – he was the best person I knew…my Top person, life will never be the same again. Much Love Elizenne

    Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the seas
    They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, but they could build another if they please
    Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
    But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

    Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
    And sometimes something comes along and you know it’s for sure the only one
    The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary, and Joe
    And when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

    When they built you, brother, they turned dust into gold
    When they built you, brother, they broke the mold

    They say you can’t take it with you, but I think that they’re wrong
    ‘Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone
    Gone into that dark ether where you’re still young and hard and cold
    Just like when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

    [harmonica bridge]

    Now your death is upon us and we’ll return your ashes to the earth
    And I know you’ll take comfort in knowing you’ve been roundly blessed and cursed
    But love is a power greater than death, just like the songs and stories told
    And when she built you, brother, she broke the mold

    That attitude’s a power stronger than death, alive and burning her stone cold
    When they built you, brother

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