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  1. #1
    HIangleLT
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    Talking Who all are 2nd generation F/F's or 3rd,4th...

    I am a 2nd gen. fireman, who else has the "fire engine red blood" in there vains and do you plan on keeping the tradition alive? My Dad ( the world's best F/F...yes I'm partial) retired a Chief and I'm currently a Lt going on 14yrs line service. I started as a vollie and got my state cert and have since been a career F/F for several yrs.. If i have a boy I hope it impresses him enough to carry it on. T.C./B.S. brothers & sisters

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    '99 National Champs #1

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    resqb
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    I'm 3rd generation firefighter. My dad is still active as a volunteer officer and my grandfather was a volunteer as well. I spent 11 yrs in the vol. dept. before my appt. several years ago to a paid dept. Hopefully my son or daughter will keep up the tradition.

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    EPFD-AL
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    My family came to the US from the Netherlands in 1856. My 23 year old son is a seventh generation firefighter, and he has great-great-grandpa's 1896 bed keys and Chief's speaking trumpet.

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    Truckie from Missouri
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    I'm a third generation in a row. I vollied for almost eight years before becoming career. My Dad, also a preacher, has been on four departments across the country. He is currently a safety officer in NW PA. My Grandpa is a retired Lt. from NY.

    A few generations before that, my 4-Greats grandfather, Archibald Tanner, was a businessman in Warren, PA. He wanted fire insurance on his business. His agent wouldn't sell him any, as Warren had no fire department at that time. As the family lore goes, it was a week later, after a trip to nearby Elmira, NY, and a stop at American La France, he came back with a hand powered pumper, some buckets, hoses, & a nozzle, and organized some volunteers. He then contacted his insurance agent again and informed him that Warren now had a volunteer fire department, and he walked out with fire insurance!

    By the way, that hand pumper is now on display at the Erie, PA, Fire Museum. Erie has a real nice museum, in their old No. 4 Fire Station. There's a working Gamewell set up in there, some other antique apparatus, and is PACKED with memorabilia. It's worth a visit!

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    Ken

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    iwood51
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    I did it backwards, Dad joined my first department after me !
    He has since retired.
    I have 1 son and 2 daughters, all of whom love the firehouse, so I see the tradition continuing (much to the chagrin of the wife

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    HIangleLT
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    Gentlemen, this is great stuff. It warms the souls to see the tradition run so deep. Keep'em coming. I would like to print this up and turn it in to Firehouse Mag... maybe they could do an article or something.

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    '99 National Champs #1

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    Truckie from Missouri
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    Hey! I found a pic of the hand pumper that my 4-Greats grandfather bought!



    This picture is off the Erie Fire Museum's page. It is in there "Memorial Room" in the back of the apparatus floor.

    I have another one somewhere, taken in July '98 of my Dad and I standing at this same pumper. I think my kids are in it too, can't recall off hand. When I find it I'll post it, too!

    Ken
    Local 3133

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    pvfr fyrfyter
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    Second generation here in Nebraska. Proud to be a volunteer. Have seen alot but plan to see alot more before that final alarm sounds. Hope everyone has a safe, easy day.

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    friday
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    Dad retired as a captain and went to work for city building inspection dept. and helped get better compliance with the fire safety components of the code. I took his place 18 years ago and am now a captain. My daughter is not interested in the fire service and this pleases me. Capt. Dan

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    HIangleLT
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    that's pretty cool Ken. I've been obtaining collectables and antiques for years. My goal when I retire (which I hope is WAY down the line)is to open a bar & grill that is exclusive to the public safety arena. Thanks for sharing the pic, I love to see the other one if you find it. Take care brother.
    Rick Brown

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    FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
    '99 National Champs #1

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    BURNSEMS
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    I am a second generation Fire Fighter, my father started me off Right, Washing Dishes and Polishing Trucks,, I still have his old Rubber Coat, Big Orange Gloves,,and a MSA shoulder slung 15min SCBA,,(ANY ONE REMEMBER THOSE) how things have changed !!!!!!!!

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    kfdffrab
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    I am at least a 3rd generation firefighter! I have been a voluteer on and off since 1977 and am also a creer industrial FF with the Kodak Fire Dept. My father, now retired, was a volunteer for 45+ years as well as a firefighter in Korea. My mother was one of the first women in the county to go through the Essentials of Firemanship class in the late 50's. I remember her driving the old open cab pumper. I have a picture of my mother's father with the Tunkhannock, Pa. fire departments new 1927 pumper. I have a picture of my father's father in dress uniform with the Owego Fire Dept, Owego, NY probably from the early to mid 1920's. I also tell everyone that my blood is fire engine red. I have a daughter (14) and a son (13). The daughter wants to be a teacher and the son doesn't know what he wants yet. Time will tell! Stay safe and enjoy!

    P.S. Great topic!!

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    AFFF
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    I am 3rd generation and so is my wife it might even go further back than that on both sides if we would dig deeper. I have two daughters one is 6 and the other is 3 they both enjoy going to the firehouse so hears hoping there willbe a 4th generation in my family.

    my mother,sister,grandmother,and several cousins are invovled and most of us are line officers from Captian and above. I am the only one that is paid of anytype. I work for a volly house as a firefighter/emt during the day and in the past my wife has worked as an emt for a volly house during the day.

    For the families in the service lets keep it going because it is the only way vollies will keep going and without families the career will fall of too.

    stay safe.

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    HIangleLT
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    I'm glad all of you have responded. Pass this topic on, I'd like to get as much of an info pool as I can. It's very refreshing to see family trees in the fire service.
    Take care all.
    Lt. Rick Brown

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    '99 National Champs #1

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    Truck 2
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    Second generation here, my dad became a volly after getting out of the Navy after WW2. I became a volly at age 14 in 1965 and went career in 1987. I have a ex- brother-en-law that was a volly following his fathers foot steps and his son is a volly firefighter and career EMT. I have two daughters but so far they haven't shown any interest in the fire service.
    Sorry, almost forgot my other brother-en-law, he's a career Lt. with the same dept. I work for. He's a officer on a squirt wagon if that counts? LOL!

    Lt.Chuck
    Truck-2

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    PFD JAKE
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    IN My Dept. there are 4 father and sons and one father and daughter working together in same Fire Dept. from Plaistow N.H.

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    CAPTAINKAOS
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    I also am a second generation vollie. My dad started soon after moving to upstate new york with the McLean fd. in nearby Tompkins county. After he went to Vietnam he took about 15 years off before joining up with c'ville. He has held every fire line office in his 18 years with the department. I started in 1990 when I was 13 with the junior firefighters program. I am now 24 and have been a Fire Captain since 1997. I love being a Volunteer.

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    FitzBFDT2
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    Thumbs up

    My father is still on the job, 34 years at Truck Company 3. I am on the job 8 years at Truck Company 2 and maybe, who knows, my son might end up following in our footsteps. He has Truckee in his blood

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    Firefighter, Truck Co. 2
    City of Bayonne (NJ) FD
    www.bayonne.net/bfd/

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    FitzBFDT2
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    Thumbs up

    My father is still on the job, 34 years at Truck Company 3. I am on the job 8 years at Truck Company 2 and maybe, who knows, my son might end up following in our footsteps. He has Truckee in his blood.




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    Kevin M. Fitzhenry, bfdt2@injersey.com
    Firefighter, Truck Co. 2
    City of Bayonne (NJ) FD
    www.bayonne.net/bfd/

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    KcAreaFF
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    I'm a second generation firefighter, just chose a little different path than my dad. He fought forest fires for the US Forest Service in Washington State for a number of years, not my cup of tea.(sorry dad!) He was also a volunteer in the town we lived in, so I'm guessing that's how the structural bug bit me.

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