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Posted by web-chief on Feb 23, 2012 @ 8:20AM


NATIONAL - Family Day morning my family and I were enjoying breakfast out at a local restaurant when the pager went off. I held the pager up to my ear so I could hear what the call was, and then set it down on the table and turned the volume down so only I could hear it. My younger daughter looked at me and said, “Why did you bring your pager?” to which I replied, “In case there’s a call . . . ” while noticing the look on her face that said, “But you aren’t going?”, so I continued, “that I’m not going to go to . . . ”

At this point you may be thinking that the reason I didn’t go to the call was because it was Family Day and I had chosen to stay with my family instead of going to the call. That is part of the reason, but not all of it.

I remember a time when almost nothing would have stopped me from making a call. I even wanted to leave my own wedding to go to a call. Since half of the guests were on the fire department with me and my husband (at the time), I can’t tell you how much I wanted to go with them when their pagers all went off. (I still say I could have tucked the dress into my gear . . . )

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Posted by web-chief on Oct 20, 2014 @ 8:34AM

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