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Firefighting: Career That Runs in Families

July 07, 1994

Regarding Gordon Dillow's article "A Family Tradition" (South Bay, June 23) about firefighting families--remember, there is another reason these relatives all become firefighters: It's called "nepotism."

This phenomenon is highly prevalent in just about every California fire department, and I know. I spent over a year working for L.A. City Fire Department, until I realized that without a relative on the job, career advancement is very difficult.

Before the media again glamorizes these men, and paints them as pristine heroes, let's realize--there is a flip side to every coin.

DIANE CAMERON

Torrance

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