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October 7th, 2010

Firefighter of the Year

Phil Jacob, that is ...Collapse )

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

Sometimes, when the temperature reached the minus category, I had to think to myself: “Do I really want to douse this fire? It just seems like folly.” But I did, because if I didn’t Phil Jacob would be right on my behind, ready to put it out through sheer force of will. The fire, not my behind.Collapse )

This photo at a fire in Albion was taken, I believe, by Terrie Beckley. (I apologize if I'm wrong.) Phil isn't wearing gear because the fire broke out only a block from the Noble County Courthouse, where he works, so he headed straight for the scene. That's me on the left, stretching a line toward the rear to help protect the large house to the left; Phil is getting another line ready while the rest of the crew gears up. A short time after this photo was taken, the house started shooting at us. (Seriously -- ammunition cooking off.)
And here's Phil in action at a fire:Collapse )
Would you rather be super-rich or super-smart if you would only be average in the other category?

If you were super-rich, you could just pay people to stand around and tell you that you're above average in every other category ...

but I'd rather be super-smart.  I already am pretty much average in every other category, so it could only help.

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