The Fireman Creed

I have no ambition in this world but one and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some appear to be a lowly one, but we who know the work which a fireman has to do, believe that his is a noble calling. There is a adage which says that nothing is destroyed except by fire. We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world which is the product of the energy of men necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are the defenders from fire of the art which has beautified the world, the products of the genius of men and means of refinement of mankind. But, above all, our proudest endeavour is to save lives of men, the work of GOD himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring even to the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind but they are sufficient to fill to the limit, our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society.

Edward F. Croaker

Chief New York Fire Department

1899 - 1911