“You know, most firefighters will tell you they love their job, or they have the job of their dreams — you hear stuff like that a lot. It’s still a job that can jump out of its box pretty quick and harm you.” - Chief Matt
First responders don’t always know what will make them relive a particular call. It might be driving down a certain road, the smell of burnt rubber and overheated brakes as the car in front of them screeches to a halt, or even something as simple as the way the sun is shining on a fall day that can spark memories from a specific incident. For Chief Matt, that trigger is an address.
Join former firefighter/paramedic and host Phil Klein as he shares the mic with returning guest Matt, whose 30-year career began as a volunteer firefighter. Now a district chief, Matt recalls covering for a manager in the dispatch center the night a call came in for a fire at Kings Towers Apartments and receiving the crew's subsequent mayday call after a firefighter fell and was trapped in the apartment building's elevator shaft. Nearly eight years later, when he’s awakened in the firehouse by tones and an address – the address for Kings Towers – he can’t help but remember that first tragic evening and wonder what the same building in the apartment complex has in store for him and his team.
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