St. Florian was a second century Roman citizen who had a very
prestigious positions within the Roman army in Noricum. His duties were
primarily to oversee brigades for firefighting and for military battle.
When the Roman Empire decided to completely eradicate Christianity from
the realm, they asked Florian to make a sacrifice and declare his
allegiance to gods other than Jesus Christ. When he refused, he was
beaten and then murdered.
Typically, St. Florian is depicted in artwork holding a sword or a
shield to reflect his military occupation, and he is often wearing
traditional Roman garb. He may also be seen pouring a pitcher of water
to symbolically put out flames. Thanks to his occupation, he is a patron
saint of firefighters. In Austria, many residents still name their
oldest son after this saint in order to protect their homes or farms