MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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June 30, 2013

Firefighter withstood heat, climbed career ladder

From green recruit to assistant chief in 33 years

(Continued)

Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“My father originally was from Texas. My mother’s parents came here from Alabama. I came back here after college because my mother was here.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“It’s just a small town, not too big. You can get around.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“If we didn’t have as much crime and if we could get more jobs.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

Assistant Muskogee fire chief.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“I used to work part-time janitorial jobs. My wife and I now like to walk and ride bikes.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“My wife and my dad. My dad used to be on the City Council and was vice mayor, Robert Perkins. Both people do what they say. You can depend on them.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“My senior year, I was playing football against Memorial. We got down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter. I didn’t usually carry the ball, but they gave the ball to me and I ran 50 yards for a touchdown, and we ended up winning the game.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?

“It’s an interesting place. A great place to live if you’ve got a decent job.”

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