Maryville firefighters’ friendliness appreciated
A neighborhood boy recently informed me that he wished someday to be a firefighter, so with his mom’s permission I contacted the Maryville Fire Department and requested a tour. This past Saturday, Zach, the 10-year-old aspiring firefighter, his older brother, Corey, and I arrived at about 2 p.m., just as the crew was returning from a call. What a great learning experience! We could not be more impressed with the friendliness and patience of the crew, and we appreciate their willingness to pose for numerous pictures with the boys.
We would especially like to thank Fire Inspector Andrew Puckett, Captain Mike Sing and veteran firemen Eric Russell and Charlie Martinez for their hospitality. Mr. Russell provided a thorough tour of the facilities and showed us the various pieces of equipment used in fighting fires. Mr. Martinez showed the boys how his personal safety equipment protects him from smoke and other potential hazards, spoke to the boys about the firefighter’s need for continuous training, and stressed the importance of a good early education in helping young men and women qualify for a firefighting career. I’m certain the boy’s mom will be especially thankful for this part of our tour!
My research had shown that the Maryville Fire Department, like the Maryville Police Department, is a fully accredited professional organization. Being willing to be examined by your peers is a mark of excellence in public service. We are fortunate to have public servants like Chief Tony Crisp, Deputy Chief David Hodges and the many dedicated firefighters at the City of Maryville Fire Department.
Charles H. (Chuck) Howell
1127 Eloise West Road
Greenback, TN 37742