The Superbowl of Firefighting

Detroit, Devil's Night in the 1980's.    If you worked those nights, you remember.  How did you have enough energy left to drive home in the morning?   "And you want me to come back tomorrow and do this again?" The Superbowl of Firefighting Listen to other audio stories If you're enjoying our postings, please email a link to friends and family who may enjoy them also. .

Detroit Firefighter, WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot – Audio Story

In honor of all the men and women who have served our country at home and abroad. I recently had the privilege of interviewing a 92 year old retired Detroit Firefighter who was also a WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot and Reservist for 30 years. As is typical with several WWII vets, he has not often talked to his family about his military service. The precious memories he shared with us the day he was interviewed have been edited and compiled into a audio presentation for his family. We have plans of pairing this with family photos in the future. It is my hope that these interviews will become a cherished part of this family’s history, and a fitting legacy to the wonderful man that Bill OBrien is. What is presented here is a small compilation of the entire interview. I hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires you to speak to your parents & grandparents about their life and write down or record their stories for your future generations. .   Detroit Firefighter, WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot - Audio Store You can hear all our stories and read more in our archives. ! memorial day If you're enjoying our postings, please email a link to friends and family who may enjoy them also. Ask them to sign up for email updates.

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The Rat Killers of Engine 5

In the days before streaming movies, internet and sports on demand channels, Detroit Firefighters found some very creative ways to entertain themselves and fill the time between runs.  Here's an audio story that highlights a bit of that creative spirit.   The Rat Killers of Engine 5 You can hear all our stories and read more in our archives.  

There’s No Book For This

As a Chief you take on many duties.  Some are pleasant, others are simply annoying.  The one duty you pray you never have to perform is one that there is no training for. There's No Book For This Read a related Post: Detroit Fire Department History – February 7     You can hear all our stories and read more in our archives.   If you're enjoying our postings, please email a link to friends and family who may enjoy them also. Ask them to sign up for email updates.

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Proud Son, Proud Grandpa

Retired Lt. Doug Fox talks about his family history with the Detroit Fire Department.
 
The Detroit premier of BURN - One Year On the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is this Friday.  If you haven't reserved your tickets for the screening or afterparty, time is running out!  Hope to see you there supporting the film. 
 
 
Have any interesting Detroit Firefighter photos?  We would like to add them to our website.  Email them to SherylJayson@DFDLegacy.com and we will share them here. 

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Tiller Training – an audio excerpt from Dave Grassi

Recording has begun and the list of people volunteering to be recorded is beginning to grow.    Next up –  Chief Charlie Towne!  Should be loads of fun.   Hope you enjoy this excerpt of an interview with Lt. Dave Grassi talking about the “extensive tiller training”  he received as a Trialman.  Click this link  Tiller Training - David Grassi to listen.

Photo by Brad Noyes.

 

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