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September 17, 2013 > Firefighters can be more than good neighbors

Firefighters can be more than good neighbors

Submitted By Bill Leake

It's good to have a firefighter as your neighbor. The Glenmoor neighborhood can attest to this since veteran Fremont Firefighter Captain Gerry Magnan saved the day for his neighbors when on Saturday night, August 24th, relaxing at home on his day off, he was alerted by a PulsePoint app of a nearby fire. His son, Garrett, looked outside and called to him, "Dad, look at all that smoke."

Ready to take pictures of fellow firefighters in action, Magnan grabbed his skateboard and was quickly on scene... before fire personnel and equipment arrived. Realizing that time was of the essence and the fire was beginning to spread from a smoldering refuse bin to a fence and house, he sprang into action. Using the next door neighbor's garden hose, the fire was under control by the time Battalion Chief Steve Silva and two trucks arrived within a few minutes. Gerry says that the fire "was ready to go" so the few seconds saved by his presence may have made a big difference.

Neighbors, who were not home at the time, were called after the fact and arrived 30-45 minutes after the fire was out. Damage was restricted to two green waste bins, a fence and part of a house that was darkened but not physically damaged. To Captain Gerry Magnan it was just another day at the office - 24x7. The grateful homeowners breathed a big sigh of relief and offered a heartfelt thank you to the fire department - on and off duty!

Thank you Fremont Fire Department.

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