When I receive my final call
That great summons from on high,
The alarm that comes to one and all
From the Lord of Earth and sky.
Would you respond as I have done
To neighbors along the way
Comfort my wife, daughter or son?
Please find some kind words to say.
Give my boots, coat, helmet and gloves
To a fine young man with pride.
Help him stand tall with those he loves
And my spirit by his side.
Maybe I'm just reminiscing
As I try to look ahead
Where fire alarms will never ring
This is true so Jesus said.
May God sustain and strengthen all,
My family and friends so dear
When I respond to my last call
And my Lord says come up here.
Written by J. Harvey Dixon, chaplain for the Salisbury Fire Department