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The fire service is rich in tradition, stories, pomp, and legacies - and it is legacy that brings me full circle to this cartoon. Some families can boast generations of service to a community, or having married into another fire service family to carry on a lineage that in some cases spans a century. Me? I’m the first of my family to hear and follow this noble calling, and while my daughter doesn’t have any immediate plans to follow in my footsteps, she has grown up a tailboard-brat and is dating a firefighter (insert stern dad glare here). However, she is following in my creative path and is now a Junior in art school pursuing a career as a Photographer.

For a couple of years now I have been trying to find a way to capture family legacy in a cartoon, when the answer finally hit me - a collaboration. Of the 300 plus fire service cartoons that I have created over the past ten years, this cartoon may very well be my favorite because it is the first that my daughter and I have drawn together. For the first time, there are two Combs signatures on a cartoon - and I couldn’t be more proud!

So, while you are getting together with family this Holiday season to share love and warmth, take a moment to reflect on your own legacy and what it means to you. As for me, I’ve got a Combs and Combs original to hang in my studio:)

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Comment by Paul Combs on December 8, 2014 at 7:02am

Thanks, Gentlemen - and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Comment by Frank Ricci on December 5, 2014 at 10:38pm

What an honor to be able to share your passion with your daughter. We hope to see more collaboration in the future.  

Comment by Bobby Halton on December 4, 2014 at 3:26pm

Wow, Contratulations Paul and Merry Christmas!

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