Courtety While Fighting Fire

Courtety While Fighting Fire

An aggrieved citizen of Nashville, Tenn., recently wrote to one of the local papers com plaining that several pedestrians (probably mere gaping spectators and curbstone critics, of whom not unlikely the writer of the letter was one) were painfully injured when “careless firemen, without warning.” dragged a heavy hose under their feet, throwing about twenty people to the street with terrific force, while a fire was raging. Chief A. A. Rozetta, writing in reply, states that “it is not the purpose of the fire department to be discourteous at any time, even at the scene of a fire, but the work of putting out fires is one that requires dispatch, and any unnecessary delay in our operations is liable to give the fire the best of the light; therefore, it is necessary that we leave our etiquette and Alphonso and Gaston manners behind when it comes to the operation of the fire department at a fire If anyone was injured in the least by being thrown to the street in our efforts to extinguish the fire, we are truly sorry. However, if the general public would only realize what a great hindrance it is to the firemen for them to crowd in so close to a fire, they would certainly render us their assistance by remaining at a safe distance therefrom”

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