It would be nice if a flip of the calendar page signaled a fresh beginning. But the problems of 2012 will still be the problems of 2013, as well as a few new ones we've not yet seen. The good news is that the fire service is resilient, courageous and intelligent. Firefighters will emerge from these troubled times smarter, better and stronger. That's just how we roll. As we close out 2012, please pause to remember the 83 firefighters who died in the line of duty
and the numerous others who were injured. As you do, look at those around you — fellow firefighters, friends and family — and take stock in how precious this life is. Have a safe new year, appreciate those around you and remember those who are gone.