A day in the life of a firefighter

By RYAN HIRAKI

rhiraki@news-press.com

Published by news-press.com on October 24, 2004

7 p.m.

The food is cold by the time they get back, a minor inconvenience when they have calls to respond to. They use the microwave a lot here.

After dinner, they swap stories about some of the calls, how hard they can be to witness.

Some of them responded last April to a brutal murder-suicide. A man had strangled his girlfriend then stabbed himself, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Weiss remembers a recent incident well. A man was careless with a gun and put a bullet through his hand, Weiss said.

Ott calls them the indelible images that firefighters have to live with.

“We deal with mental stress on this job,” he said. “I love what I do, but it can be tough.”

8:30 p.m.

They responded to five calls this day, more than the slowest days, where nothing happens in the central and southeast regions of Bonita, the primary areas covered by Fire Station One.

Last year, the Bonita Springs Fire District responded to 4,513 calls, or about 12 per day.

The firefighters and paramedics expect one to come in, as………

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