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Nashville firefighter work 24-hour shifts and the screw at Station Nine spends most of it on the road. Whether it is responding to an apartment fire or something less dangerous these guys keep the road hot. Last year they answered 15,913 calls ranking them ninth in the nation for call volume.
“You never know, like today there’s not as many people downtown and we’ve been bust all day long,” said Nashville District Chief Buddy Byers. “We had a second alarm fire, wrecks, medic runs, grass fires. You just never know.”
Some people would steer clear of such a bust hall but most of these guys asked to be here.
"I wanted to experience it while I was young and be at a busy company and get the whole feel of what it's like to be downtown," firefighter and paramedic Ben Smith.
Being in the center of the city means opportunities for a lot of different calls including river rescues. It is Cameron White's call of choice.
"When we get somebody that's potentially going to jump off the bridge or has already jumped off the bridge search and rescue for em' or just in case they do jump we'll be there for them," added Cameron White.
About 75-percent of the calls they make at station 9 are medic calls which means this ambulance never sits still more than a few minutes at a time.
“Every ambulance in the city just runs and runs and runs,” added Scott Clinard. “We just happened to be the busiest because we have short transport times because the hospitals are close"
The guys at Station Nice say the volume and variety of calls bond them together. District Chief Terry Seacrest spent 20 years here. Now his son carries the banner.
"Him choosing Engine 9 is one of the greatest honors to me. It just makes me feel so good. Only thing that truly hurts me -- that his grandfather isn't alive to see it to see he's a third generation firefighter," said Seacrest.
Those nearly 16,000 calls each year average out to over 300 per week and Nashville fire officials say the number grows every year.
Friday, November 23 2012, 01:13 AM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
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