This is dedicated to our very dedicated group of volunteer firefighters in and around the Fowlerville area.
A fire started on some grassland near a farm.
The county fire department was called to put out the fire, but it was soon obvious it was more than they could handle. Someone suggested that a nearby volunteer group be called. Despite some doubt that the volunteer outfit would be of any assistance, the call was made.
The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight toward the fire, drove right into the middle of the flames and stopped.
The firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking the blaze into two easily controlled parts.
After watching all this, the farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department's work and was so grateful that his farm had been spared, he presented the volunteers with a check for $1,000. A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what they planned to do with the funds.
"That ought to be obvious," he responded, wiping ashes off his coat. "The first thing we're gonna do is get the brakes fixed on our fire truck!"