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Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.

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 Today in History - 7/31

  • 432 St Sixtus III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 768 [Philip] begins and ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 904 Saraceens hijacker Leo van Tripoli occupies and plunders Thessalonica
  • 1291 Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine
  • 1498 Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad
  • 1588 English fleet beats Spanish Armada
  • 1620 Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America