Please be aware that the Monsey Fire Department is there to help you. The members are all volunteers who donate a great deal of their time to train and practice to be able to respond to all sorts of emergencies. In addition, they rush to calls at all times of day and night, responding to you and others like you. What you may not know, is that the vast majority of its members are Yidden, and a significant number of those Yidden are Frum – some Yiddish speaking.
On Monday evening, the fire department responded to a call on Joshua Court – the usual Chanuka story…. Unfortunately- a Menorah fire. One Frum firefighter, just as unfortunately, overheard an onlooker refer to them as “Chayos Ra’os”. Imagine how he felt – a fellow Yid being denigrated by an ignorant and ungrateful person in such a hurtful manner. And even had the firefighter been a non-Jew – is that how you react to someone who goes out of his way to help a fellow human being?
I have no idea who this person is, but I can only suggest that he really owes a sincere apology to all members of the fire department. My suggestion- find out when their next meeting is and go down there with a huge tray of snacks, apologize, and thank them for all the good they do in the community.
Incidentally, when it is Shabbos for you, it is Shabbos for most of the fire department, too. Too often people call on Shabbos for frivolous reasons. If you have a small fire- e.g, you knocked over a candle and could easily pour water over it yourself, spare them the Chillul Shabbos.
I am not a member of the fire department. I am just relaying what was told to me by a hurt member.
Looking to Avoid Chillul Hashem – Name withheld upon request.