"I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman.
The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who
know the work which a fireman has believe his is a noble calling. There is
an adage which says that, 'nothing can be destroyed except by fire.' We strive
to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world, which is the product
of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the
poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world,
the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind.
But, above all, our proudest moment is to save lives of men -- the work of
God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation
thrills us and stimulates to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice.
Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient
to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general
purpose of human society."
- Chief Edward Croker, FDNY