Kurt Kamm FIREFIGHTER MYSTERY NOVELS  

ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK – Wildland Fire

RED FLAG WARNING – Serial Arson

CODE BLOOD – Paramedic Thriller

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL – Meth Lab Mystery

 

MESSAGES WRITTEN BY FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

My husband came on KCFD at 19, the year was 1969. We met when I was 12 and got married when I was 17. John spent the next 30 years on KCFD. Our children were raised between home and the fire station.

My youngest brother came on 10 years later at 19. He is still working and he is a Battalion Chief. My son in law, Mac, worked at one of the busiest station in KC for 31 years. He was planning to retire after 32years. He gave his spot to a young fire fighter wanting to be where all the action was and in return went to a much slower station to serve out his last few months.

This Labor Day weekend it will be 5 years since He was killed on a run. A lady with a revoked license was driving, she said she didn’t hear the sirens, the truck swerved to avoid hitting her and hit a tree. Mac was thrown through the windshield and died at the scene.

My husband died of lung cancer a year and a half before Mac was killed. The doctors said with his early years on the fire department, without air masks, the exposure to chemicals played a large roll in his cancer. My youngest child and only son was 21 when my husband died. We had always been a close family and my son had a very hard time dealing with the loss of his father.

My son Sam joined the fire department, bought a house, and set a wedding date. It was the first time in years we all excited and happy. One week before Christmas Sam came by to visit me. He rode his motorcycle that day. Fifteen minutes after he left, I got a call telling me he had been hit by a pickup.

The stories go on and on but I am tired.

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My dad, brother, son, and nephews (2) and husband have all been firefighters. My dad is retired now but I can remember when I was young my brother would always get mom to follow the engines to see the fires. Firefighting is in our blood I guess.

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My son is a Fire explorer with aspirations to become a fire fighter. He has been totally obsessed since the age of two. Yes, he has it really bad. Our local departments Arcadia and Monrovia have almost adopted my son t and are wonderful mentors to him. A year ago he became an Eagle Scout and the guys came out to the church and made my son’s day.

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Back when I was young in the fire scene, I was a dozer boss. I was in a district close to home. I was monitoring another channel on my radio when I heard my last name…..hmmm, I thought how does anyone else know I’m here? Well it turns out after I listened for a few minutes, I realized my dad was on the same fire! He worked as a fish guy for the feds and one afternoon they picked him up on the crew for the day. Was very cool to hear him on the radio. Was the only fire that we ever worked on together, and it was so big. We were both so proud of each other. good times!

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Ever since i can remember, I have always wanted to be a firefighter. I am currently 15 years old and am a member of the Fire Explorers program in Texas. I have no family in the fire service, but my parents joined a Citizens Fire Academy and I tagged along all the time, until everyone knew me. The chief granted me a ride out on my birthday as a present, and it was a blast. :) I ride out as often as I can now, and I am pretty sure this is the career I want to do when I am older.

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My daughter is 16 and is dating a future fire fighter. It’s her dream to be a EMT. I stand behind her in all she does and I’m very proud of her. She is in 11th grade and has been studying hard to go on and be and EMT. Being a single parent it has been hard but she make me proud of her everyday.

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My experience as a firefighter has been unbelievable! Upper Pine Fire trains everyday and we find new ways to make ourselves better. The type of training I enjoy the most is Search and Rescue. We blindfold ourselves and stay in contact with a partner while staying on the wall or hose line. It’s a really good challenge and I love to be tested so I can see what I need work on and what I can do better next time.

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I am the Fire Chief for the Yavapai-Apache Nation tribe in Arizona. Been in the service since 1993.Medic since 2000. I do the Homeland security stuff plus I am the Bio-terrorism coordinator. I do have a few hats.

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I was the next to the last volunteer officer on the Folsom Fire Department (Folsom, CA). I left the fire service in 1976. Things have certainly changed over the years, but the Fire Service has always been about helping people, protecting and saving property and people

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I lost my grandfather while at a fire. We had been there for a couple hours, it was a fully involved house fire. I was in the rehab tent. I got a call on my cell phone they told me they were sorry to inform me but my grandfather has just passed – they sent medics over and he was already gone. I hit my knees right there in the middle of the fire ground and burst in tears. I showed up at my grandfather’s house and helped carry him out. I was still in full bunker gear

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I have known many firefighters in my fifteen years in healthcare and have enjoyed working with them. We perform annual cardiac evaluations for firefighters. As a result of repeat visits to our practice and a remarkable spirit, I became close friends with one who was quickly becoming very sick. Because the station was just down the street, his guys (he was the captain) would drive him to appointments on the fire truck and wait in the parking lot for him. The doctor thought it was awesome and you KNOW we all loved it! He was finally diagnosed with a rare muscle wasting disease that was disabling him. Unable to continue to do the work he loved (they live and breathe it) he had to retire and became homebound. The guys still visit and take care of their captain — the brotherhood of firefighters is something to behold.

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I have been a firefighter for the past 9 years. I joined the brigade at the age of 16 having grown up with fire service as part of my life… my father has been in for 25 years and has worked hard to climb the ladder of ranks within the NZ fire service. My brother has also been a volunteer firefighter for the past 5 years. I have very rarely felt that being a female is any different to being a man in the NZ fire service. I feel we are all the same when we chuck on our gear – we all have our strengths and weaknesses!

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As a fire rescue cadet. i have been taught a lot about the industry of fire fighting/ EMT/ Rescue. I really hope that young people like myself get into this, but too many peopled don’t think twice about what it takes in this business. I am a dedicated member of my fire department. I have been a cadet since November 2008. and have known all the people from the dept. since i was 4 years old. My parents used to be in the dept up here. I always offer to help my fellow members. and community members. its no

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Firefighters are men and woman who put their families and lives aside for complete strangers, and most of us pay a hefty price for that. Most wouldn’t change that, we still go through it.

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I’m 24 years old and a member of Morrell V.F.D. I’m their 1st lieutenant. I have been an active member for 8 years, but have been around it all my life. My grandfather was a member and my father is still serving. I’m happily married and have a son that i hope follows in my footsteps to become the fourth generation of firefighters in our family. You know I can’t think of anything else that I would love to do with my life than to be a paid firefighter

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I married into a family of fire fighter. My husband, my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my sister-in-law, and my brother-in-law are fire fighters. I love being a wife, a fire fighter, and a mother.

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My grandfather; Reid Abeel, was the Fire Chief in Carsonville, MI until he retired. My cousin; Scott Arnold is also on the FD in Carsonville. My boyfriend Kim Kregle was also a Capt on the Crowne King FD until he moved to Phoenix, AZ where we met. YEA! What a Godsend!

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firefighting has interested me since the age of 2 and never left me i am going to make it a career

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I am tired of feeling like I am sitting still and watching my life go down the drain. I want to do something good with my life and help people, and I am really interested in becoming a firefighter.

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My son will make this a 6th Generation of firefighters in my family….I am so proud to have him carry on the tradition. My grandmother’s grandfather was one of the original Irish firefighters…There has been a firefighter in my family every generation since firefighting began…I am so proud of my son…he has taken on firefighting as a career and has taken off with it…he is at the top of his recruit class…I could go on and on about him…

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I am just a small town fire/medic who has spent 18 yrs working my way up through the ranks, really don’t consider anything that I have done a great accomplishment just doing my job the best I know how. My wife and children deserve the credit because without their encouragement and understanding I would not be where I am today

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I’m 31 years old. Firefighting for 6 years. Stepdad is the Asst. Chief, uncle is a Capt and grandpa is a trustee on the Farmer City fire dept.

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I come from a large firefighter family. Growing up in Oklahoma, we get a lot of prairie fires… my dad was a mechanic for a major airline that started it’s own fire department, then he was one of the first to organize our own city department…. but my love for firefighting comes from my uncles, cousins, and god fathers who are or were firefighters in Boston, NYC, Chicago, and all over Maryland and Ohio. Some think its funny that I love the profession so much but its because it was born in my blood… all my brothers and most of my cousins are ff’s… Family business, is what I tell them.

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I am 12 years old, I have been in fire departs my whole life. My grandfather was a fireman. I never got to meet him. But my grandmother, mother and uncle tell me many stories about him. The fire department where we use to live saved my life when I was 5 months old. Mom had left me in a stroller going to check mail. A drunk driver hit us. I was in hospital many days. Mom was ok, He broke my ribs , but I am ok today. I love my firefighters they are my heros. I am going to be one when I grow up. Like my grandfather was and how my Uncle Kevin is. Hes a chief. I” m so proud of him, I will keep all fireman in my prayers.

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I am a Rural Fire Fighter with the New Zealand Rural Fire Authority. I started my firefighting career at the age of 15 (illegal) but I had a family member in the fire force and they desperately needed members. I joined in December 2007 and went to my first fire on the 2nd January 2008. Man, that was an awesome feeling

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I have wanted to become a firefighter for as long as I can remember, and I certainly have a lot of interest in Fire. And seeing how my father is a Lieutenant for the city, I have met many wonderful people there and cannot wait until I am in their position.

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I work with the Sisters of the Fireman league here in Denison, Texas. My brother is the Asst. Chief here in Denison and my oldest son works for Star Plus as an EMT. My dad was a fireman and one time and a very close uncle retired from Greenville, Texas Fire Dept. My sister and I organized the Sisters about four years ago when the moral of the dept. was down after losing a fireman in a fire.

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People have passed on, Girls have left me, but the Fire Dept is still there. Everyday I can go be with friends I trust, and a whole other family that doesn’t care what I say, what I look like, or what I do outside of the Fire Dept. The Fire Dept is the best partner I could ever have. It’s never going to leave, it’s never going to turn its back on me, and it’s never going to complain if I come home smelling of smoke.

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I’ve been married to a firefighter twice, my first husband was killed on duty and I thought I wouldn’t survive. Also, I swore to myself to never fall in love with a firefighter again. Ever. Now, 8 years later, I’m happily married to a firefighter, again. Bottom line is, once you’ve become a firefighter family, it’s almost impossible to go back to being a “normal” one again.

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I am a third generation firefighter/EMS. My grandmother started in the ambulance service back in the 60′s and 70′s, my father started in the late 70′s until 2006. And me and my brothers are all following.

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I am a Cadet on my fire dept. I can do everything a firefighter can do except go into a structure fire. I look up to a lot of the guys on my dept. All the guys here and on our Mutual Aid departments are my brothers, they are the best group of guys around. I am a 4th generation firefighter, and I love it, I can’t see myself doing anything other than firefighting. It is what I live for. There is no better feeling than helping your fellow man in need.

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I have lost so many firefighters in my family. I tell my children that God likes the shiny red fire trucks and wanted one in heaven. He asked Pappa John because he was a captain if he would mind coming and Pappa John said I’ll come. Then he asked Grandpa Gary if he would come because he was a driver and Gary said absolutely. Last he asked Uncle Sam if would like to come because he needed a firefighter and so he would be with his father. Sam said I ‘m coming. Pappa John tells Grandpa Gary to drive the truck faster and faster, with lights and sirens. Some times Grandpa Gary lets Uncle Sam push the siren and lights. God is very happy to have his own fire truck and everything is okay. It seems to have helped.

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I have been an active Firefighter for six years. I just got my paramedic certification in October. I grew up in the fire service with both my father and grand father being FF’s before me. My grandfather was a Chief and now my dad is an Assistant Chief. I learned to love this job from both of them and time I spent riding with them at work. I feel a real sense of family pride in the job and most of my friends and family are in some way related to the emergency service field.

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I am a paid on call firefighter and so is my boy friend and his whole family. My boyfriend’s grandpa is 75 years old and has been an active fireman for 45 years. He is still on the department but only drives the rigs to fires or ems runs. I came from a family of abuse and struggled in school with a learning disability. The fire department became my escape, they took me in and taught me everything they knew and have showed me that being a firefighter is the best job in the world.

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It doesn’t mean if I’m blonde, a lady, and well looked after, that I get treated any diffrently than the rest of the crew. I work just as hard, and sometimes double as what is expected from me, to keep up. Some people might find it hard to believe, but not all the ladies in the EMS sleep around… We WORK in the EMS, to HELP people in their time of NEED, and to be part of a FAMILY, with BROTHERS who take care of us, once they gained RESPECT for us as ladies. And I am speaking out of experience.

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Been at it for 15 years and although sometimes it truly is a grind. i would have it no other way! been filling with shot crew for the last 10 years and although i am the oldest pup in the litter them boys keep me young.

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I work with the Sisters of the Fireman league here in Denison, Texas. My brother is the Asst. Chief here in Denison and my oldest son works for Star Plus as an EMT. My dad was a fireman and one time and a very close uncle retired from Greenville, Texas Fire Dept. My sister and I organized the Sisters about four years ago when the morale of the dept. was down after losing a fireman in a fire.

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I have been an active Firefighter for six years. I just got my paramedic certification in October. I grew up in the fire service with both my father and grand father being FF’s before me. My grandfather was a Chief and now my dad is an Assistant Chief. I learned to love this job from both of them and time I spent riding with them at work. I feel a real sense of family pride in the job and most of my friends and family are in some way related to the emergency service field.

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Ya, im only 17 and i have wanted to do firefighting like my dad ever since i saw a fire engine. its the best job in the world

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My son got on a month ago as a volly…..if he keeps doing what he’s doing and gets to school…..should see a career path in fire for him!

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I’m a fourth generation firefighter. All four generation served in the same town. The first generation I do not know much about, just that he was my grandfather’s uncle. My grandfather was Company President and later Company Treasurer. My father, who has recently past, was Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, and then Chief. In his 37 years of active duty he also served as a state and county as fire instructor.

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My dad was a Vol FF and a paid Cop, His brother was the mayor and most of the males in the extended family were cops and medics. So it was a natural thing when at 18 I had my first ride as a medic. I also was doing R&R at fires as an auxillary member. !st female in the state!! I was an instructor for police, and FF and traveled all over to teach. My second husband was a fire cop, and all 5 of my sons are firefighters, some vol and some paid, one a USAF FF/EMT stationed in Italy. And all of the paid are EMT-I’s (Just like mom). After my husband #2 died I went back to FF /EMT-I school and got hired by the State of Georgia as (what else) a FF/EMT-I. I have been associated with the nicest, most decated people in the world, and am proud to tell people that I am part of a family that is world wide.

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Hi KURT – im sorry, im a widow now. i havfe lost all friends that are firemen. i dont talk to anyone anymore

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MY STORY IS JUST A MOTHER WHO LOST HER MIDDLE SON IN A FIRE. THEY CALL THEM THE CHARLESTON 9, KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, SUPER SOFA STORE FIRE, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, HE WAS A GREAT KID GROWING UP. WORKED 2 FIRE STATIONS. WORKED FOR ASHLEY RIVER VOL. FIRE DEPT, AND ALSO CHARLESTON, S. C., FIRE DEPT. ALL THAT MATTERED WAS FIGHTING FIRES, AND RIDING MOTORCYCLES, AND SOMETIMES FORGOT WHO HE WAS, BUT HE NEVER FORGOT WHAT HE WAS OR WHAT HE DID, FIRE FIGHTING WAS HIS PASSION, HIS LIFE AND HIS JOB, LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT, LIVED, BREATHED, AND DIED FOR WHAT HE LOVED MOST IN HIS LIFE. I MISS HIM JUST AS MUCH TODAY AS I WILL TOMORROW, MY FAMILY IS NOT COMPLETE ANYMORE, AND I HAVE A BIG HOLE IN MY HEART, THAT WILL NEVER BE REPLACED AGAIN, YOU GIVE BIRTH TO 3 THEN YOU ONLY HAVE 2, AND YOU CAN`T FILL THAT VOID.

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My interest in firefighting comes from my son, who loved it with his life and gave his life for it along with 8 other brave men on June 18th, 2007.

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I have not had any training, but I have full gear. i am 12 years old and i am going to become a firefighter and EMT and i collect fire gear, patches, sirens, lights. I will be a junior firefighter in 2 years with my local fire department

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Dad was a volunteer for over 50 years and did it all, from chief to heavy rescue while my sister and i were on the local first aid squad. when i met my husband he too was a volunteer firefighter and is now the local fire marshal. i have a son who also a volunteer firefighter and works with the state forest fire service in his spare time

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My dad, brother, son, and two nephews, and my husband have all been firefighters. My dad is retired now but I can remember when I was young, my brother would always get mom to follow the engines to see the fires. Firefighting is in our blood I guess.

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My son is a 5th gen fire fighter with me in Roanoke County. He loves wildland firefighting and is good at it. June 29th,2010 we were on a small mountain fire in R C and the temp was 95,after hiking up a small way to the command post in wildland gear we were deployed to the right flank of the fire to hit hot spots down to the base of the fire, I fell out due to over heating and dehydration. When he heard I was down he secured his area and came flying over to help the rest of the crew carry me up the hill to be treated. He makes me proud and carries on the family tradition.

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I’m from a little town in western Kentucky I’m a lifetime fireman I joined the department when I was just 16 years old. I have come to love every think about it. I’ve seen everyone from young to old lost, but I try to never give up or let anything bother me. I’ve been with the department nearly 23 years as a volunteer. Now I have met a girl and she is also is in the fire service and we plan to get married

The worst thing in the world that could ever happen was be at a fire and get a phone call to say that your dad has passed away. But you have a job to do, so you do it and my dad knew that I loved it So the time we were working a 5 alarm fire. I knew after the phone call, that he was watching me from heaven above, protecting his baby boy from harm.

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My dad was a volunteer firefighter and had to give up his dream because of his cancer. I remember telling my dad when I was in fifth grade I wanted to become a firefighter. I keep this dream and I have been a firefighter for 19 years and a EMT for 10. My husband has 23 years as a firefighter and 22 as a EMT. Our two boys love being junior firefighters.

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