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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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The Fireman Who Loved His Job

Ed Coughlin loved his job. He was a fireman for the city of Chicago for twenty-eight years and loved every minute of it. It’s certainly not something that everyone is cut out for, but he excelled at it, making the rank of captain. After retiring from the Chicago Fire Department to the suburbs, he couldn’t leave the life. He was a volunteer fireman for a number of small towns in the area and never lost touch with the friends he made.

In the too-short time that I knew Ed in his fading years, nothing would bring a glint to his eye like recalling the time he spent as a fireman. He’d tell stories of the fire calls as if they’d happened yesterday and have everyone laughing with the tales of firehouse antics. I know ...

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