Last night the Brotherhood lost one of their own. Lt. Dennis DeVoe was loved by many, but none loved him as much as his wife Amy and their children. This week the Brotherhood lost other members. Captain Bill Dowling from Houston and others answered their final alarm. While I prayed for those families, for their Brothers, I never felt the grief that I did last night when Harrisburg issued their formal statement.
I’ve never had a personal connection with a loss until last night. I never met Denny, but I met, love and will forever call her Sister, his beautiful wife Amy. Her smile lights up a room and a heart.
I met Amy through the Firefighter Wife Sisterhood, the wives part of 24/7 Commitment. I’ve written about the Sisterhood, the impact it has had on my life and my marriage. I’ve written about the fact I know the Sisterhood will have my back if anything ever happens to my husband. My heart knows this, my head knows this. My heart hoped it would never happen to one of our own. Yesterday, the group of Fire Wives that attended the Girls Getaway in Windham messaged, loved and prayed. We banded together as Fire Wives need to when one of our own is hurting. Our arms surrounded her from miles away hoping that she felt our love and strength.
Yesterday, last night and this morning reminds me that the Sisterhood is the backbone behind the Brotherhood. There is no tougher job in the Fire Service, than that of the Fire Wife. Together we unite to hold one of our own so that she can find the strength to carry on.
Amy, you are loved, you are supported, you will forever be in my heart and on my mind. My Sisters, your strength, your love and your grief have showed the Commitment we have to our own through all that the Fire Service throws at us.