Our Tribute to Senior Firefighter, EMT Ronnie Dowell

A Hendersonville Firefighter from July 15, 1985 until his passing on December 27, 2010.


Ronnie Dowell

Senior Firefighter, EMT

March 21, 1955 - December 27, 2010


Fireman's Prayer

Almighty God, Protector of all Mankind, your strength, power, and wisdom are a beacon of light to all men.

Give special guidance to Firefighters so that we may be protected from harm while performing our usual duty.

Help me with your loving care while I work to save the lives and property of all people young and old.

Give me to the courage, the alertness to protect my neighbors and all others whom I am pledged to aid

when involved in fire or accident.

(A rainbow in the sky the morning we said our goodbyes to Ronnie.)












          Brother when you weep for me, remember that it was meant to be.
Lay me down and when you leave, remember I'll be at your sleeve.
In every dark and choking hall, I'll be there as you slowly crawl.
On every roof in driving snow, I'll hold your coat and you will know.
In cellars hot with searing heat, at windows where a gate you meet.
In closets where young children hide, you know I'll be there at your side.
The house from which I now respond, is overstaffed with heroes gone.
Men who answered every bell.  Did their job and did it well.
As firemen we understand, that death's a card dealt in our hand.
A card we hope we never play.  But one we hold there anyway.
That card is something we ignore, as we crawl across a weakened floor.
For we know that we're the only prayer, for anyone who might be there.
So remember as you wipe your tears, the joy I knew throughout the years.
As I did the job I loved to do, I pray that thought will see you through.

-Author unknown



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