Firefighter Rescued in Tiny Town! Chapter 5

August 6, 2006 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Awards Ceremony

It had been a thrilling day, with the triumph of firefighter Tony’s rescue and the numerous runs he’d gone on. He’d hoped to get home to check on the wife and kids but, just as he opened the station house door to slip away, he was called back with the news that he’d have to work an extra shift. Some things never change!


Nap Time

Man, it felt good to lay down! Despite the budget cuts and the less than splendid accommodations in candy boxes, the beds in the dorm were fluffy, and it was good to see his partners again.

Lucky Star

One of the lady sunflowers had slipped him a lucky star to wish on, too. Tony wished he could get out of his gear, but his green pajamas had been misplaced over the years.


Sunflower Blanket

A zinnia slipped in and gave him a sunflower leaf blanket decorated with zinnia petals.


Woodstock Button

As he began to doze off, Tony glanced at his fearless leader, the fire chief, laying nearby in a larger bed. Suddenly, he sat bolt upright. The chief was a pinhead! It was true! When the chief rolled over in his sleep, Tony saw the awful truth. All these years of firefighting and sacrifice for…a pinhead?




Now Tony couldn’t sleep. As usual, there was nothing on American TV to speak of, not even mention of the 61st anniversary of Hiroshima today. More than 140,000 people died in the world’s first atomic bomb attack, and Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, speaking at Hiroshima Peace Park near the bomb’s epicenter, said: “…the number of nations enamoured of evil and enslaved by nuclear arms has increased. The only role nuclear weapons have is to be demolished.” The Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, bombed Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945. A plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, with an additional 80,000 fatalities.

In light of recent North Korean events, Akiba also urged the Japanese government to abide by its pacifist constitution prohibiting a Japanese military service for warfare. Although Japanese Prime Ministor Junichiro Koizumi’s ruling party has proposed constitutional changes making it easier for Japan’s military to fight if attacked, Koizumi, speaking at the memorial services, said: “We will observe the pacifist clause of the constitution, maintain the principle of nuclear nonproliferation, and lead international efforts to achieve lasting global peace.”

And that’s today‚Äôs “news in a nutshell.” Stay tuned tomorrow, to hear how Tony copes with the revelation that his boss is a pinhead.

Read more of Tony’s faux firefighting adventures.

Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press

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