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Fire Commentary: The Culture of the Firehouse

by Lee LookMax Gilpin, a sophomore lineman on the varsity football team of Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Kentucky, collapsed during practice on Aug. 20, 2008. He died three days later at Kosair Children's Hospital after his body temperature had reached 107 degrees.I love working for the fire department. A co-worker explained it as eloquently as I've ever heard: "Whoever calls us, it's their worst day. That is the beauty of the job."And like everything that seems perfect, it isn't.On many occasions in my years in the fire service, I've heard many seemingly unexplainable things justified rationalized? as, "Well, that's the culture of the firehouse." For a while, I thought ...

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