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Fw: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Delivery
>Today's Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul...
> Leading the Charge!
> Many 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
> 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!"
> By Mike Wickett
> from Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work
> Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maida
> Rogerson, Martin Rutte & Tim Clauss