I just wanted to share this with you all.... My brother graduated from the Fire Academy yesterday. He is now a firefighter, and I couldn't be more proud of him and all that he went through to achieve his dream. Since he was a little kid, all he ever wanted to do was become a fireman. When he was old enough, he went through the classes, and passed his tests with flying colors. In fact, he was near the top of the class. He wasn't married yet and had no children. At the time, they had to live in the city to be a fireman there. So he bought a house in the city just so he could work there. It wasn't the best neighborhood, and it certainly wasn't a great investment. Unforunately at the time, the city put a hold on hiring, and only took a few men (all political BS!) - they took guys who had scored much worse on the tests - it was so pathetic. He gave up his dream at the time....he started working in construction. He went on to marry and had 4 children. His wife never let him give up, even though he wanted to. After 10-11 years, all of the guys from the original class were called back - the city decided they needed more firefighters. These men had all gone on to other careers, and like my brother, their lives had changed immensely since they originally went through the classes and tests. They all went through 17 weeks of very vigorous training, which was not easy for any of them. He worked and studied so hard..... And yesterday, he graduated. All of the news channels here featured his class on the news. And they had a big story on my brother and his family. It was so cool, and I can't believe how many people here saw it. My aunt e-mailed me an article that was done on them in our local paper, and the top picture is a pic of my brother with his kids touching his medal. You could see the pride on his face....just amazing. Then I scroll down and read the readers' comments on the article, and I am appalled. The remarks are so nasty - they all were making negative comments about these guys. It is so upsetting. One comment says " Now hurry over to the firehouse and call dibs on the best recliner. Also brush up cornhole skills so you can hold your own in the tournaments." Another says "............glad to see they all passed "Drinking Beer 101"!" Another "FIREMAN.... THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!! WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET PAID TO FINISH DESTROYING WHAT THE FIRE DIDN'T AND GET THANKED FOR DOING IT!!!!" And "I was going to try out for the test but I'm not Irish Catholic and I didnt have any relatives in the department...why bother?" What is wrong with people like this? I created an account, because I was going to write back defending these guys, but I decided not to. Anyway I know that none of the things being said are true. I am just so proud of him and what he has accomplished. I know how hard he worked, and how long he waited. He(and all of the other 23 men) just deserve a little respect, and congratulations. I'd like to see some of these other cowards running INTO a burning building to save lives.