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HOMETOWN HEROES: Drew Jines. Following his father’s footsteps

June 3, 2013

Drew Jines (left) has been a firefighter for three years, following his father Dennis’ lead, who has been in public safety for 27 years with Fort Wayne Fire Department. Drew was married to Amanda (right) in 2012 and the couple had a baby in May. Photo contributed

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a muli-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — “I knew my life wouldn’t be right until I was a firefighter.”

Since he was 10 years old, Drew Jines knew what his career choice would be.

“I was hanging out at the fire station with my dad on his shift, and there was a structure fire. I got to go on the truck, and when we pulled up on the scene I saw the firefighter jump out, stretch the line (hose) to the door, and the next truck supplied us with water,” Jines said.

“It was like a light bulb clicked and I knew I wanted to be a firefighter.”

Jines’ father, Dennis, has been a fireman with Fort Wayne Fire Department for 27 years, and Drew is choosing the same line of work.

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