That’s First Lieutenant (1LT) Jeff. He is one of our Air Force Pararescuemen and that’s his quote.
For anyone who wonders why I post my Celebration of Service entries, It’s because of men like Jeff; men who go willingly into danger to protect and retrieve those who are helpless. They wade out there into the fray to bring their injured brothers back…and that’s a calling that deserves our respect.
It seems only fitting to send a little love back their way!
A side note to all of you experienced Pararescuemen, Combat Medics and Corpsmen (active duty and veterans) – I know your job is/was a terribly difficult one but I hope you keep a couple of truths front and center. I hope you remind yourself that those you couldn’t save would have passed on whether you were there or not. You can’t fix everything. It’s not within your power. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that those you were unable to keep going were grateful to have you there. Your medical skills are a gift but your mere presence on the scene is also. It makes a difference. If you don’t know that now, or if you forget it on bad days, my wish for you is that you’re able take that understanding to heart completely, sooner rather than later.