Issue 8 and Volume 159.

BY TOM BRENNAN Editor’s note: Tom Brennan, our revered technical editor and former editor, passed away in April 2006. Tom shared monthly here his wisdom and knowledge of the tactical aspects of our industry, but he also wrote about the social side of the fire service as only Tom could. We are very pleased that Tom wrote down some of these interesting, funny, insightful, and colorful stories. We are very proud to have the chance to continue to provide for you the random thoughts of our dear friend and brother. Please note Tom did not change any of the names, as he felt none of his friends mentioned in these pieces are “innocent.” My father and my grandfather were firefighters. Both were a product of old traditional Irish heritage when it came to family. I can only surmise the facts about my grandfather because he was killed with his whole…

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