Brave Old Firemen

One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical
plant. Before long it exploded into flames and an alarm went out to fire
Departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the
chemical company president approached the fire chief and said, “All of our
secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved!
I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!” As soon
as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their attack on
the blaze. After two more hours of attacking the fire, president of the company
offered $100,000 to the engine company that could bring out the company’s secret

From the distance a long siren was heard and another fire truck came into
sight. It was a local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65.
To everyone’s amazement the little fire engine raced through the chemical plant
gates and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In the distance the
other firemen watched as the old timers hopped off of their rig and began to
fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen before. After an hour of
intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the fire and saved the
secret formulas. Joyous the chemical company president announced that he would
double the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the

After thanking each of the old men individually the president asked the group
what they intended to do with the money. The fire truck driver looked him right
in the eye and said – “The first thing we’re going to do is fix the blasted
brakes on that truck!”