A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 10, 2013
“All men are created equal, and then a few become firefighters”

"All men are created equal, and then a few become firefighters” is a saying that has been printed on several gift items, such as T-shirts and bumper stickers. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said ““There’s a saying that all men are created equal but then a few become firefighters” at a fire tragedy in 2009 and “All men are created equal, and then a few become firefighters” at a fire tragedy in 2013.

“All men are created equal… then some become Firefighters” was cited in print in October 2004. The authorship of the saying is unknown. ("All men are created equal,” of course, is from the Declaration of Independence.)


Chief Delphi Forums
MisterX
10-13-2004, 09:32 PM
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All men are created equal… then some become Firefighters

Southern Maryland Online
hollyhoodman7
03-16-2007, 02:10 PM
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All men are created equal, then some become firefighters…

Boston (MA) Globe
Biden, Calif. laud 2 fallen firefighters
Associated Press / September 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Two veteran firefighters who died trying to save the lives of dozens trapped in the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history were remembered as heroes yesterday in a memorial service at a sun-dappled Dodger Stadium attended by Vice President Joe Biden.
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“There’s a saying that all men are created equal but then a few become firefighters,’’ Biden said.

FireFighting in Canada
Trainer’s Corner: September 2012
PTSD – part 4

Written by Ed Brouwer
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When your children wear T-shirts displaying statements such as “My dad saves lives for a living, what does your dad do?” it sets a high standard. Shirts with messages such as “All men are created equal, a few become firefighters”, “First in – Last out”, and “Hero Inside” all paint pictures of invincibility.

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Krista Marie
‏@KristaMarieAE
All men are created equal.  Then a few become firefighters.  #WWFD
6:12 PM - 29 Dec 12 from New York, US

KYMA News 11 (Yuma, AZ)
Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial
Posted: July 9, 2013
8:45 P.M
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Vice President Biden addressed the crowd and told them the memories of those fallen, will live on forever. (...) “There’s an old saying,” said Biden. “All men are created equal, and then a few become firefighters.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Permalink