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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 
>  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!"
> 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  
>          _____________________________________________