Prior to the committee’s meeting with the preferred vendor, Willie caught wind that the chairman tipped off the vendor to not pay him much attention because Willie was slow, not too smart, and asked really dumb questions. That was a mistake. Sometimes you can push the gentle bear too far.
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It was a check and balance between overly progressive members who want everything ever invented on their new fire truck and the grunts like Willie whose common sense questions aggravate the hell out of the gung-ho crew.
The officers felt him harmless, figuring he would be a reliable vote for whatever “they” wanted—providing he didn’t ask any of the “stupid” questions he was known for.
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"What is ironic is that Willie is probably one of the best 'grunt' firefighters in the company. And when allowed to drive the apparatus, he's just as capable as the next person."
A journey lasting more than three decades that started with their selling fire equipment out of their house will culminate in a new 33,000-square-foot facility.
Before the Raisin Squad’s morning coffee clutch was banished from local firehouses over this pandemic stuff, one topic of conversation was about playpipes and stacked tips.