Daniel Barden was seven years old when he was shot dead at his elementary school. He was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre. When he grew up, he wanted to be a fireman. When. Not if he grew up. We as a society have yet to change our ubiquitous kid-question to, "What do you want to be if you grow up?" We still have this crazy notion that kids should be allowed to reach adulthood unharmed.
Firefighters from as far away as New York came to Daniel Barden's funeral, forming an honor guard as they would for any comrade. Take a look at the photos accompanying this article. Words do no justice, as is pointed out in the article here:
As Daniel's parents, brother and sister arrived at St. Rose of Lima Church at 10am, the firefighters somberly formed an honour guard along the road, silently offering support to the heartbroken family.
Thank you, Firefighters. Your strong, supportive silence during this unspeakable horror is heroic. It's no wonder kids still look up to you and want to be like you when they grow up.