I was up in
a while ago doing a book signing. There was this guy
buying a book, he was in his 30s. And I
said, "What do you do?" And he
said, "I'm a fireman." And I said,
"How long have you been a fireman?" He
said, "Always. I've always been a fireman." And I said, "Well, when did you decide?"
He said, "As a kid. But when I got to the
senior year of school my teachers didn't take it seriously. This one teacher didn't take it seriously. He said I was throwing my life away if that's all I chose to do with it; that I should go to college, I should become a
professional person, that I had great
potential and I was wasting my talent to do
that." And he said, "It was
humiliating because he said it in front of
the whole class and I really felt dreadful. But
it's what I wanted, and as soon as I left school, I applied to the fire service and I was accepted."
And he said, "You know, I was thinking about
that teacher just a few minutes ago” he
said, "because six months ago, I saved
his life." He said, "He was in a
car wreck, and I pulled him out, gave him
CPR, and I saved his wife's life as well."
He said, "I think he thinks better of me
now." San Francisco