You were on my short list of "I knew what you did", mostly because of the late night chats I join you and Don and others on. I have picked up some good info and tips from you over the years.
You flagged my memory in your post, I didn't include any volunteer or free work I had done. I was a volunteer fire fighter for nearly 4 years in New Hampshire, on top of working full time. I was in an Engine company. I have some amazing stories and its a miracle that I am here to tell the story. I was younger and fully healthy when I was a firefighter, but I loved 100% of my time.
The neatest story was one day I was walking my very young daughter (5) along the highway, it was spring and the Bear Camp River was almost a class 4 rapids due to the melt off of the snow. Lots of people (mostly tourists) were pulled off the road, taking pictures/films. To make a long story short, a foolish young boy (12 I think they said), got too close and fell into the river. Everyone freaked out. I got my daughter into some responsible hands, and jumped into the river. It was icy cold, but the boy had already been swept under several times. When I finally reached him, I was able to grab the collar of his coat, and needless to say, with great struggle, I got him back to shore, where it was shallow enough for others to help me pull him out of the water.
The parents grabbed their kid, and without a single word, got in their car and drove off. I wasn't expecting anything, I would have done it for anyone, but they never even said thank you. My wife said they were probably in shock themselves, and perhaps embarrassed by the whole situation. So the only time I saved someone's life while a firefighter, I was off -duty. Was I a hero - no way, just doing what I hope anyone else would do if they saw someone in trouble. Foolish - perhaps, the frigid waters could have cost me my own life, let alone the rapids themselves. But I was only about 35 at the time.
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