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Fort Campbell -- Heroes, big and small

by Megan Locke Simpson, Courier Staff

Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell, KY | May 23, 2014

  Laughter and cheering from children poured out in abundance Monday afternoon, as Andre Lucas Elementary School fifth grade students participated in the Firefighter Challenge. The challenge, which brings together these on-post students with Fort Campbell Fire Department employees, has been a popular end-of-year event at the school for several years.
  “It’s just an opportunity for them to see what it’s like to be a fireman and how hard the job is,” said Anne Murtha, the school’s physical education teacher, who helped coordinate the event. “… I think it’s great, personally.”
  Throughout the Firefighter Challenge, students rotated through different stations. The activities included a blanket drag, carrying a high-rise hose pack and spraying the fire hose. Fire inspector Wendy Leo works with the on-post fire department, and she explained each of the activities are examples of real-life, on-the-job situations.
  “If we would have to rescue somebody out of a house or something, [we can use a blanket nearby to pull them out real quick,” she said. “That’s what we’re doing. They’re pulling their friend over from one cone to the other.”

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