He also gains a modicum of celebrity by being featured in this morning's Roanoke Times:
Firefighter bridges timeFor those of you who are interested in purchasing a copy of Rhett's fascinating book, run over to First Due Gear (*), a retail outlet "geared" toward firefighters, EMT's, paramedics, and technical rescue teams, located at 1806 Thompson Memorial Drive in Roanoke, or give them a call at (540) 375-8850. Ask to speak to the owner, Jarrod Fuhrman (who in his other life is a full-time Roanoke firefighter/paramedic). Tell him Jerry Fuhrman sent you.
A new book follows the evolution of services in Roanoke from an all-volunteer group in 1882 to the Fire-EMS department in 1995.
Amanda Codispoti, The Roanoke Times
During the first few decades of firefighting services in Roanoke, firefighters such as Howard Dowdy drove and washed the horses that pulled fire wagons.
More than a century later, Dowdy's grandson, Bev Mitchell, would drive and wash the gray, and later red, fire engines.
"I imagine we respond a whole lot quicker now than we did then," Mitchell said, chuckling. The evolution of the department, from an all-volunteer organization in 1882 to the Fire-EMS department in 1995, is documented in a new book, "Firefighting in Roanoke."
The book, compiled by Roanoke firefighter Lt. Rhett Fleitz, includes more than 200 pictures that illustrate the changes in Roanoke's firefighting services, which began almost 125 years ago. (link)
If you haven't yet found the perfect Christmas gift for that firefighter son, daughter, husband or father, what a neat idea!
Now if we can get Lt. Rhett to schedule a book signing at the store ... ahem.
(*) Yes, it's a shameless plug for my son's business.
(**) Photo courtesy of Amazon.com