“Firefighter most days, but dad every day.
My husband is by far the favorite parent to our two girls. They remind me often. He works hard at his normal shifts at the station, and especially hard with the extra shifts during Fire Season – which we are in now, here in California. He can be gone weeks at a time. He is currently at the Dixie Fire (the largest single fire in California history and the largest currently burning in the U.S.).
When he is home, he is their number one guy. Whether it’s playing outside, cooking for them or playing Barbies, he always gives 110% of his time and energy to them.
I can’t imagine the kind of traumatizing situations he sees while on duty, and the weight that must be to carry. But when he is home, he is able to just be their dad. They have no idea how hard he works to provide for them and how much he sacrifices for others. They just know he is their dad and he drives a cool truck at work.
I’m sure our story is not unlike many others for first responders all over the world. They all deserve credit for the work they put in on the job, but also at home. Proud to share that ‘Fire Family’ bond with anyone this resonates with.”
– Bridget Watson