About the Song
(1978) - The author of the Fireman's Prayer is unknown. When I first got on the job, Brian Kingsley of the North Andover Fire Department - who I played Irish music with in Greater Lawrence - asked me to sing at a Memorial Service. After the service Brian lamented that after "Be Not Afraid" there was very little music that could be sung that was fire service related. That's when I decided to write the music to The Fireman's Prayer. Since then The Fireman's Prayer has been sung at services throughout the Merrimack Valley and other areas. It is my hope that through this music project the Fireman's Prayer can be sung at services throughout the country to honor those who serve and to help their families heal. This is my prayer.
The Fireman's Prayer Lyrics
When I am called to duty God wherever flames shall rage.
Give me strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late.
Or save an 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 every neighbor protect his property.
And if according to my fate I am to lose my life.
Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.