I spent a total of over 20 years in the Clinton (NY) FD. One time the chief ordered me to take a hand line up a ladder, get on the roof, and attack the fire thru the next level window (all of the fire was on the upper floors). I did as ordered, the fire was extinguished, and the my moment arrived. I froze trying to get on the ladder to go down. My LT and mentor saw me freeze and came up to get me. It was the one time I was truly terrified, and the last time anyone sent me up a ladder.

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