The Pipes Played On

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. Thanks to C.E. Ayr for providing this week’s challenging prompt.

SPF 09-09-18 CE AYR
Photo credit: C.E. Ayr

 

Every seasoned firefighter knows, today may be his last. But in the beginning, they are all invincible. Andy Gow was no different on his first day at Station 29. After roll call and shift change, and a rousing welcome, Andy and rest of the squad settled in for an uneventful day.

The call came at 11:05 a.m. Apartment fire on Elm. Everyone jumped into action, including Andy. Adrenaline flowed through their veins as they rushed to the scene, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Andy was living his dream at last.

The scene was worse than expected. Flames engulfed the apartment building. No one believed anyone could survive inside. No one except Andy, who rushed in as the floors collapsed. Why did Andy ignored the yells to come back? Some say it was the Siren Song of the firefighter, luring Andy to his death. I say, Andy was just living his dream.

That night, as the squad privately mourned the loss of Andy, the haunting sound of bagpipes playing Amazing Grace filled the station. Where the music came from, no one knew, but throughout the night, the pipes played on, in remembrance of the fallen hero, and their brother.

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12 thoughts on “The Pipes Played On

  1. Yes, it is a siren call for professionals as well as volunteers.
    In the US it used to be that 70 – 80% of all firefighters were volunteers.
    Mostly only the bigger cities had paid folks.
    That may have changed. But I believe there are still more volunteers that those who are paid.
    Thankfully those in my family who fit into both compensated pros and volunteers have listened to their Chiefs.. and have always come home….

  2. My husband was a firefighter until he was injured on the job. He was paid, but started out as volunteer. There are still a lot of small towns where i live that only have volunteers, or none at all. Thanks for commenting Jules. I always appreciate hearing from you.

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