Mike McGregor, a full-time captain with Columbia Cityâ€™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
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the 1970s, many boys across the U.S. became fascinated with the new television series, Emergency! â€” a show about new techniques and technology in the growing field of fire and medical work.
Mike McGregor was no different.
â€śIt was my favorite show on television,â€ť McGregor said. â€śIâ€™d play it with my friends in the backyard when I was growing up.â€ť
As an adult, McGregor turned playtime into a reality and got involved in the public safety field.
In 1997, McGregor joined Columbia Cityâ€™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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