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Teenager Grady Brokaw dreams of service, joins the fire department

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Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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GRADY BROKAW, 17, joined the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company as a cadet when he was 15, after hearing stories about it from a friend’s dad who serves in the department. Local fire departments are looking for more young recruits. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

LINCOLN — Grady Brokaw heard the stories and he was hooked.

“I had a friend and his dad who were on the fire department,” he said. “My interest in firefighting developed through them. I could imagine myself doing what they do, and then I got excited about it.”

As soon as he turned 15, Brokaw applied and was accepted as a fire cadet in the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company. Last summer he attended the Vermont State Firefighters Association Cadet Academy in Pittsford, and now, at 17, he’s enjoying himself.

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