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Iowa's Firefighting Family

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  • Iowa's Firefighting Family

    The trust and cooperation that is required to risk one's life to help others makes the 20,000 firefighters in the state of Iowa (90% of whom are volunteers) one giant family. This special bond is illustrated in "Iowa's Firefighting Family" with the Butler family of Harlan, Iowa. Patriarch Tom Butler has been fighting fires for more than twenty years and has since inspired his three sons, a daughter, and two in-laws to follow his lead. The family talks about working together to help their community, the ups-and-downs they've experienced along the way, and being but a small branch of a much larger family tree. "Family" also visits with other firefighters from across the state as well as dropping in on 'family gatherings' like the annual state firefighters convention and firefighter memorial ceremony. [28 minutes]

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