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Meet Robert Ebert - Former Firefighter

February 1, 2010

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Robert and his wife Melissa moved to Bennington from Texas where he was a firefighter for twentyfour years. Retired, he has been busy volunteering for many organizations, including the Rotary Car Show.

Robert graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Humanities. He was looking for work when he saw a commercial on television with a grey headed fire chief, asking. "Do you think you could go into a burning building? Do you think you could climb this ladder?" And there was a picture of this ladder."Do you think you could provide emergency, medical service to people in need?"

Robert thought he could do those things and he didn't have any other prospects at all so he went down and put in for it. It was a competitive process to get in. There was a civil service exam and physical agility tests. When he didn't hear from them, he thought he had not gotten in, but then he was contacted.

Although he had never thought of being a public servant, many times during his career he thought of how fortunate he was to be working in emergency care when he saw people at some of the worst times in their lives who looked to him to make things better. There were many different jobs Robert did within the fire department.

Robert is amused that since he moved to Vermont not many people are impressed with how rich a career fire fighting is.

Since Robert has moved to Bennington, he has enjoyed the diversity of physical activities available and the number of opportunities there are to volunteer in the community.

After his years in the fire department, service has been a part of Robert's life and Rotary will enable him to contribute to the community.

Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)

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