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AMBITION
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 of which the fireman has to do believe his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives of mankind, the work of God himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the job thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of 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. Crocker
Chief of Department
FDNY
1899-1911