On October 27th, my youngest son (center) joined the ranks of the Hartford Fire Department, as did his brother ten years prior, and as I did back in 1988. I had 8 weeks of training and the rest was ON THE JOB as they used to say! My youngest just endured 16 weeks of comprehensive training, testing, and certification to become the best trained, prepared, and ready to work firefighter that the modern fire service has to offer. We have come a long way in this endeavor to protect and serve, and I for one am not only proud of my boys, but of the evolution of our mission as well. Thanks everyone!