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Civic Academy keeps citizens in the know

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

DESOTO – While car trouble kept me away for a week during our much anticipated trip to the police station, my buddies were able to fill me in.

"Out of all our sessions, the visit to the police station was my favorite," said Edward James.

They were broken up into groups and sent to different divisions.

Apparently, one fellow pupil got in the way of a taser presentation, even if it was for just one second instead of the normal five.

"You know, I’m glad I did it, now I know what it feels like and after just that one second, you can tell how severe five would be," said Ronald Cox.

After a nice discussion on college life and gardening over cheeseburgers, we were ready to walk on over to the classroom of the fire academy.

The city of DeSoto consists of three fire stations: Station #1 located on 501 E. Wintergreen, opened in 1980, now fully remodeled after a $1.4 million bond passed in 2003, Station #2 opened in 1989 over on 105 First street and Station #3, situated on W. Pleasant Run. Between the three stations, the fire department hired 66 people, working three shifts with 22 on each shift divided amongst the stations working 24 hours on and 48 off.

For the month of October, the firefighters chose to support the Race for the Cure with the Susan G. Coleman Foundation with their "Tough enough to Wear Pink" campaign.

During the days of Oct. 25, 26 and 27, the guys, (and two women who are on staff too) will show off their support to what they consider a very worthy cause.

Anyone wanting to purchase a shirt may pick up one while supplies last at any of the three stations listed above for $10, with half the money going straight to the Susan G. Coleman Foundation.

I should point out Academy student Candy Bowen, a quiet but friendly woman who towers over me just like my sisters do, has had family serving as fire rescue since horses were pulling the engines. Impressive indeed.


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