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Monday, October 17, 2005 | Firefighters keep kid from getting lost

Chris Ferguson wants to be a firefighter. Simple as that.

Ever since he was 2, it's been his dream job. His mom figured it was just a phase and he would outgrow it. His mom was wrong.

"That's all he talks about," said Pat Ferguson of her son. "Every year, I think he's going to forget about it. Then he learns a little bit more and then a little bit more, and now there's no way to convince him otherwise."

Some kids hang out at the mall; Chris hangs out at Chesterfield Fire Station No. 7. He listens to the scanner squawk. He talks to the firefighters on Shift B. He eats dinner at their table. The lasagne and steak have been particularly tasty, he said.

What's he like best about a firefighter's life?

"Everything," he said, a faded firefighter's cap shadowing his smiling, freckled face.

This is from my home town, where I was this past weekend for my 10 year high school reunion. It was fun, seeing so many classmates with children and spread out over the United States. Seems as though I am not the only one who moved away. I was however the only Career Firefighter there.

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