On October 19, 2016, I was present at the Hamil- ton Township (NJ) Fire District #3 fire station,
also known as Rusling Hose Co. I
was there to see my son and others
sworn in as career firefighters as well
as others sworn into new positions
for which there were being promoted. Obviously, this was a proud
moment not only for those taking the oath but also for loved ones
and other close friends. There were parents, children, spouses,
significant others, and grandparents. Additionally, there were
long-time friends, mentors, and officers from other fire companies.
The mayor officiated the swearing in. In all, it was an exciting
event for both those taking the oath and those honored to see their
loved ones put their right hand on the Bible and raise their left to
officially take the next step in their career through the swearing in
Why do we go through the ritual of taking the oath? What does
it represent? On what is it based?
THREATS TO THE OATH
Thousands daily take the oath from
elected government officials: officers
of organizations such as the Rotary,
From the actions reported today in the media of firefighters
being fired for sexual harassment, elected leaders for corruption
and graft, as well as officers of nonprofits embezzling money from
their organizations, it doesn’t appear the oath and swearing in
process holds much reverence.
Reputation management and ethics are a big deal in all these
organizations today because of the proliferation of those under
oath betraying the trust that was bestowed on them.
On the fireground and off it, know
that the words you swore to are a
solemn commitment to all those
you stand before. Don’t let them
down. (Photo by Pixabay.)