Reflection upon two fire fighters' visit

August 11, 2015


I stopped by Beth-Haven Nursing Home today to pick up my fire department scrapbook that I loaned to former Hannibal fireman Joe Farrell a few weeks ago.


I wrote a story on Joe and his wife, Betty, regarding their careers: He worked as a Hannibal fireman both before and after World War II, and she was a proofreader-turned-women's editor for the Hannibal Courier-Post during that same era.


I posted three videos on this history web site of a visit between Joe Farrell and Mark Kempker, who is a current Hannibal firefighter. The two men with similiar backgrounds found a lot of common things to talk about.


Today, when I stopped in to see Joe, he said, "That fireman who came here sure has a lot of personality. When I was a fireman, the men I worked with didn't have an personality."


I think Mark Kempker can take that as a compliment.


To view the videos:


Video 1


Video 2


Video 3

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