History Behind The Fireman’s Prayer

15 Sep

Firefighter Dog Tags

Show your firefighter some love with a pair of fireman’s prayer dog tags.

Good Day FirePoint Creations’ Fans. I have a huge soft spot for firemen. My dad was a volunteer fireman and very active in all functions to promote our local fire dept. — Youngwood Volunteer Hose Co. That’s why I added the Fireman’s Prayer Dog Tag to the line about a year ago.

Here I wanted share the story behind “The Fireman’s Prayer.

Although, the poem is most always signed as, “Author Unknown”, it does indeed have a real author. The prayer can be traced back to a firefighter in Wichita Kansas. AW “Smokey” Linn joined the Wichita, Kansas Fire Department in 1947. Prior to joining the fire dept., he fought in WWII.

“Smokey” wrote the poem to express his feelings after fighting an intense fire. During this fire call, three children died when they got trapped in the building by the fire. Firefighter, AW “Smokey” Linn penned this poem as a prayer to convey his grief and to ask God’s guidance for the families involved. He wrote the heartfelt words to ask God for protection for other firefighters, his family and the families of those affected by this tragic fire.

Today, the Fireman’s Prayer is seen on plaques, pictures, dog tags and more to show support for firemen and their families.

Here’s the entire Fireman’s Prayer.

When I am called to duty, God
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child
Before it’s too late,
Or some older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
To guard my neighbor
And protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife


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