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I grew up hearing stories about the incomparable Samurai. These warriors were my heroes. Until this year, I never thought I would meet living Samurai, but every single firefighter I interview, female or male, African American, or Asian, old, or young, embodies the noble Samurai’s courage, resilience, and commitment. There are many stories to be…

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Ted Mayes, Station 22 St Johns, Portland, Oregon “Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter.” This quote by Denis Leary could not be truer when describing the life and career of Teddy Mayes. Lieutenant Mayes is a Portland Fire and Rescue firefighter stationed in the St. Johns neighborhood. You…

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“The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense force, aviation, motorsport, or other is one of dedication, commitment, and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service, we fight together against one common enemy – fire –…

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“We are not fundraisers; we are firefighters,” shared retired firefighter Paul Corah during a recent interview. “We will run into a burning building in a heartbeat, never hesitate during a natural disaster or even this pandemic, but we just do not know how to ask for money.” These genuine and straightforward words reverberated in my…

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Firefighters come in all shapes and sizes. Firefighters are recruited from diverse backgrounds, genders, and cultural backgrounds, Firefighters become firefighters for various reasons, but the one trait firefighters hold in common is courage. Tackling a raging fire, arriving at a brutal car accident, responding to a 911 COVID call, or providing critical guidance during a…

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Today marks 107 years since the passing of Fire Chief David Campbell. Portland Firefighters and community members gathered at the memorial on W Burnside this morning to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. Additionally, four awards were given to current firefighters for various acts of heroism over the last year. Following…

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