Sunday, May 24, 2009

five minutes of fame

I'm famous! At least I was famous for a few minutes. The Chronicle Journal put a photo of me on the front page of their Sunday paper. (I'm in the dark gear in the middle). You're probably thinking yeah right, some picture. All you can see is the back of his helmet.

Maybe that's why no one asked for my autograph.

One Upsala firefighter got her photo on the front page as well, only she got a face shot. I asked for her autograph, but she declined. Upstaged by a rookie again. If you want to read the article, click here.

We don't normally get a front page spot, but fate worked on our behalf. A reporter was driving the back roads looking for a fire that didn't occur, and happened to pass by our training site. She asked if she could write an article about the Fire College training weekend. Hence all the excitment and cameras. The result was an almost full front page article about the training weekend. A tremendous boost for all the volunteers and instructors in attendance. It's nice to see that someone besides us thinks this stuff is important.
Fame is a fickle thing. Tomorrow they'll forget all about us unless we do something brilliant or stupid. They'll be busy chasing Wall Street or the Sagging Economy. Oh well, at least we had a lot of fun, and 28 firefighters are better trained to do their important work, which nobody will notice 99% of the time. But that's the life of a volunteer. They do it because it's fun.

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