NEW GLASGOW – There’s a new fire chief in town, or at least there was for a day.
Eight-year-old Devry Turner took over for Doug Dort for a few hours on Nov. 2 after winning a contest during Fire Prevention Week.
Devry’s mother, Debby, said he was very excited for the chance to see what it’s like to run the station.
“Every little boy wants to be fire chief.”
Devry was an expert from the moment he stepped into Dort’s office. He isn’t a stranger to the fire department. He’s spent a lot of time in the fire hall.
Devry’s father, Shaun Watters, has been a firefighter for 15 years.
“I’m sure it’s in his blood,” Watters said.
The firefighter gene seems to run in the family with Watters’s twin brother also on the department.
Ever since the Grade 3 student at Walter Duggan Consolidated started hearing his father’s beeper go off, he’s been interested in the field.
“He really enjoys fire trucks and emergency vehicles,” Watters said as Devry played with the spotlight on one of the fire department’s cars.
Shining the bright light on his parents’ faces was one of his favourite parts of the day, but it wasn’t the only thing he got to do.
He also learned how to raise the ladder, ride in one of the trucks and sound the sirens.
“He was very excited. He said he was going to fire me,” Watters said about his son’s reaction to winning the contest.
Debby remembers Devry wanting to share the news.
“He was going to tell one of his friends. He said to me, ‘He won’t believe me. Can you tell his Mom?’”
Devry filled out a fire safety word search from the paper as part of his nightly homework, Debby said, and they mailed it in.
Dort said there was a fair amount of interest, but Devry turned out to be the lucky one who had their ballot drawn.
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