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Shared by: Henry M., Fire Lieutenant
As a young fireman I was told. Be careful of the image you leave with the public and always treat their home as yours. A few years later I made lieutenant and was now the one giving advice.
Fast forwarding 12 years and we are sitting at the table talking and the new guy tells us. Bet you don’t remember but your the reason I came to the job. I asked how so? He began to tell how he was 8 when their house caught fire and they had lost everything. We knew the house was going to be a total loss but I ordered my men to save the Christmas gifts like we always do and cover everything during overhaul operations. When we found that most of the gifts were damaged beyond repair and we went and bought more at 3am. It seemed to be a routine fire for us but the impression on his life was so profound he is now making memories for the future generations. I guess the big takeaway is always treat the places you go as yours and you will always leave a lasting impression.
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