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Appalachia Through My Eyes – You can be a Firefighter

My life in appalachia you could be a firefighter

Children in Appalachia learning about what it takes to be a firefighter.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    José Luis
    July 12, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Dear Tipper, here in Argentina, when I was a kid, one of my heroes was the Chief of the series “Highway Patrol” starring Broderick Crowford, (do not know though is written), which always communicated by radio their patrol,, “twenty fifties headquarters”, ending chapters of the series with some education for children, for example; “and remember it is not the car that kills, it’s the driver,” a very cordial greeting to you and all your readers from Buenos Aires, Jose Luis. (I have 70 springs, lol!)

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    Bill Burnett
    July 10, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Looking back at my life I find I have a perfect wife, great children and super Grandchildren, I’ve been a police officer, deputy sheriff, fireman, EMT, rescue squad member and live a mile from where I was born in the beautiful mountains of WNC I hunt and fish whenever I want. I find I have had a pert near perfect life. I thank the Lord every day for his blessings because I don’t see how it could have been any batter except the PCH Prize Patrol could show up.

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    July 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Tipper,A very good learning experience for our young people!In the late 1940’s my school chum lived a block from our fire station,her father was a volunteer firemen,early one morning when he heard the fire siren,which was how they called there volunteers,he run to the station only to learn there was a chimmey fire at his house that a neighbor had called in.Luckily there was little damage.Another memory,thank you Tipper!God bless.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Tipper, When I was a child one of the highlights of the school year was when we got to go to the auditorium and watch Smokey the Bear. A park ranger would stand up front and give a lecture before the movie started. It seemed his talk would last forever. Finally the projector would start whirring and the lights would go off. We would sit there in black dark and hushed silence for a few moments before a loud click announced the light and the movie’s beginng. We had memorized the theme song in the classroom and when it began in the movie, the whole auditorium would irrupt in song .
    “With a Ranger’s hat and shovel
    and a pair of dungarees,
    you will find him in the forest
    always sniffin’ at the breeze.
    People stop and pay attention
    when he tells ’em to beware,
    ’cause ev’rybody knows that
    he’s the Fire Prevention Bear.”
    Would you believe that those movies in Almond Elementary School’s auditorium were the only movies I saw until I was in my late teens?
    The Auditorium also had a black and white TV with a snowy picture. That’s were I got to watch Alan Shepard and John Glenn blaze a path into space. We also went to the auditorium to watch the state funeral of John F. Kennedy.

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    July 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    When I was young, my heroes were
    The Highway Patrol and all Firemen.
    Almost every day, a Firetruck or
    an Emergency Bunch come by my shop
    either looking for a fire or an
    overdosed dopehead revived. I still
    have the highest respect for

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    July 10, 2015 at 8:13 am

    This is a great way for children to learn early about careers available to them as they grown into adults.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    July 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Great group of students. WE NEED THEIR HELP IN THOSE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS! Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    July 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Just think about all those young fertile minds!

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