AFD’s Retirement was awesome, except for the fact that John was missing. Nathaniel was a superstar and my friend, Mary Katharine, was awesome… there for support, Nathaniel control, and just to be the wonderful friend that she is!
It was great to see so many familiar faces that I hadn’t seen for months and a lot that I hadn’t seen since the funeral or since the Philly LiveStrong Challenge.
They opened up the floor for people to say things about the retirees. I hope my paraphrasing does the story justice… I’m not good at re-telling stories… John would always roll his eyes at me as I botched up countless jokes. One of the firefighters who replaced John at the main station when John moved to Taylor Avenue stood up to talk about John. The firefighter was a new guy who was only a few weeks out of the academy and the firefighters at the main station kept telling him… you’re pretty good, but you’re no Smitty. Smitty always made us look good… After hearing about this almost superhuman Smitty character he finally had the pleasure of working with John and got to see Smitty in action first hand. John was a talented firefighter and always a professional. He then understood why “Smitty always made us look good.”