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HOMETOWN HEROES: McGregor inspired by television show

June 6, 2013

Mike McGregor, a full-time captain with Columbia City’s fire department, said he was inspired at a young age to join the public safety field from watching the television show, Emergency!. He is pictured above with his dog, Chief. Photo contributed / Joni Walker Photography

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

COLUMBIA CITY — In the 1970s, many boys across the U.S. became fascinated with the new television series, Emergency! — a show about new techniques and technology in the growing field of fire and medical work.

Mike McGregor was no different.

“It was my favorite show on television,” McGregor said. “I’d play it with my friends in the backyard when I was growing up.”

As an adult, McGregor turned playtime into a reality and got involved in the public safety field.

In 1997, McGregor joined Columbia City’s volunteer fire department, and was hired as a Columbia City dispatcher in 2000.

Ten years ago, he became a full-time firefighter with CCFD, and now is a training officer and captain of the department.

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