Brotherhood

I just wanted to share this quick story with you guys.  Last night, while on duty, we made an EMS call to a local La Quinta motel.  En route we were given updated information that this was going to be a full arrest.  Upon arrival to the motel room, we found an elderly lady with no vital signs.  We performed CPR and all the other life saving techniques at our disposal.  As the officer I went out to speak with the husband often, gathering information and keeping him informed of our progress.  In talking to him I found out that he had been a long-time volunteer firefighter and EMT.  Him and his beautiful wife were in my city on a bus tour.  They were a very long way from home.  He had been married to his lovely wife for 61 years.  They were married when they were 18 years old.  In the end we were unable to get his wife back.  All I could do was talk to him, remind him how lucky he had been to be married to such a great woman for so long and that I would imagine she would have it no other way, she went out spending time with her best friend in life on a trip.  I told him he was as much my brother as if we were blood related.  I shook his hand, gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek and told him I would pray for him and his family.  It was difficult not to tear up as he began to quietly sob.  I truly believe that treating him as a brother (which he is) was helpful at that moment.  Whether current or past, we are all brothers and sisters.  Remember that always, because tomorrow is never promised.