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Fire Department Maltese Cross Dog Collar Charm by Diva-Dog




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The Maltese Cross is a symbol of courage and protection. A firefighter's badge of honor, the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so long ago.

When the Knights of St. John, a courageous band of crusaders, fought the Saracens to gain possession of the holy land, they encountered fire, a weapon unknown to the warriors of Europe. It inflicted excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. As the crusaders advanced towards the walls of the city, they were hit with glass bombs containing naphtha. Once they were saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens threw a flaming torch onto them. Hundreds of knights were burned to death, while others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from excruciatingly painful, fiery deaths.

Thus, these men became our first courageous firefighters and they were recognized for their bravery with a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one worn by our present day firefighters. Since the Knights of St. John lived for almost four centuries on the Mediterranean island of Malta, the cross became known as the Maltese Cross.

Made in the USA, Diva-Dog's beautiful version of the Maltese Cross is hand-enameled, crafted from antiqued, lead-safe pewter.

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