years ago there was a huge oil refinery fire. Flames shot hundreds of feet into the air.
The sky was thick with grimy black smoke. The heat was intense - so intense that
firefighters had to park their trucks a block away and wait for the heat to die down
before they could begin to fight the fire. However, it was about to rage out of control.
Then, all of a sudden, from several blocks away came a fire
truck racing down the street. With its brakes screeching, it hit the curb in front of the
fire. The firefighters jumped out and began to battle the blaze. All the firefighters who
were parked a block away saw this, and they jumped into their trucks, drove down the block
and began to fight the fire, too. As a result of that cooperative effort, they were just
barely able to bring the fire under control.
The people who saw this teamwork thought, "My goodness,
the man who drove that lead fire truck - what an act of bravery!" They decided to
give him a special award to recognize him for his bravery in leading the charge.
At the ceremony the mayor said, "Captain, we want to
honor you for a fantastic act of bravery. You prevented the loss of property, perhaps even
the loss of life. If there is one special thing you could have - just about anything -
what would it be?"
Without hesitation, the captain replied, "Your Honor, a
new set of brakes would be dandy!"
One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside
the local chemical plant. Before long it exploded into flames and an alarm went out to
fire departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the chemical
company president approached the fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are
in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the
engine company that brings them out safely!"
As soon as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their
attack on the blaze. After two more hours of attacking the fire, president of the company
offered $100,000 to the engine company that could bring out the company's secret files.
From the distance a long siren was heard and another fire truck came into sight. It was a
local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65. To everyone's amazement the
little fire engine raced through the chemical plant gates and drove straight into the
middle of the inferno. In the distance the other firemen watched as the old timers hopped
off of their rig and began to fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen
After an hour of intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the
fire and saved the secret formulas. Joyous the chemical company president announced that
he would double the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the
volunteers. After thanking each of the old men individually the president asked the group
what they intended to do with the reward money. The fire truck driver looked him right in
the eye and said, "The first thing we're going to do is fix the damn brakes on that
SINCE the Pentecostal congregation in Leduc, Alta., had just
had a new church built, they sold their old building. It was to be used as the new
Evangelical Community Church in the nearby town of Beaumont.
But as the building was being moved on a mammoth trailer to
its new location it came in contact with a 138,000-volt power line. Fire immediately
erupted on the roof of the building. The driver phoned the Beaumont fire department from a
farmhouse. "There's a large building on fire about a kilometer east of the town on
Highway 625," he said.
"I'm sorry," replied the dispatcher, "but
that's outside our jurisdiction."
"Well, you'd better get your equipment ready," the
driver replied, "because it'll be there in five minutes! "
ONE morning I locked both sets of keys inside my room mate's
car. We finally managed to pry a clothes hanger through a window, only to discover that it
was useless on that type of lock. I remembered hearing that firemen have a special tool
for opening car doors, and rushed inside to call. Fifteen minutes later a fire truck
rounded the corner, and a burly fireman in boots, yellow slicker and fire hat jumped out.
In his hand he held the special tool. It was a wire clothes hanger.