Walk a mile in his shoes: In step with former Alapaha Fire Chief Steve Brown

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In an engaging profile, Steve Brown, whose childhood home burned to the ground the day after Christmas 1966, surveys a life-threatening, albeit courageous 36-year career as a volunteer firefighter in the rural South Georgia community of Alapaha. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Steve Brown, Alapaha Fire Chief between 2004 and 2012, opens the door of a 1939 Ford, the first fire truck put into service by the South Georgia city. Previously the rural community of nearly 700 residents used a wagon with a wooden bed and pump. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” Retired South Georgia Fire Chief Steve Brown is affectionately flanked by only child Melissa Brown Hanson, wife Peggy Brown, and six-year-old granddaughter Lydia and her eight-year-old big sister Hailey in front of the Alapaha Fire Department on August 30, 2012. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” [1 Corinthians 13:4–5]. Six-year-old Lydia and eight-year-old big sister Hailey Hanson pose alongside their 55-year-old grandpa, former South Georgia Fire Chief Steve Brown, in front of the Alapaha Fire Department on August 30, 2012. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Born on April 22, 1957, former Alapaha Fire Department Chief Steve Brown stands alongside a rusting 1939 Ford, the first fire truck put into service by the South Georgia city. Previously the rural community of nearly 700 residents used a wagon with a wooden bed and pump. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Steve Brown, Alapaha Fire Department Chief between 2004 and 2012, stands alongside a rusting 1939 Ford, the first fire truck put into service by the South Georgia city. Previously the rural community of nearly 700 residents used a wagon with a wooden bed and pump. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Six-year-old Lydia and eight-year-old big sister Hailey Hanson lean on their smiling 55-year-old grandpa, former South Georgia Fire Chief Steve Brown, in front of the Alapaha Volunteer Fire Department on August 30, 2012. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Click to experience a sexy Elvis Presley unleash the autobiographical “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” live at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on August 11, 1970, during the filming of the documentary “That’s the Way It Is.” Composed by Joe South, the cut features the sterling Telecaster chicken pickin’ of James Burton and the solid drumming of Ronnie Tutt. Music Credit: Sony Music Entertainment; Video Credit: Warner Bros.

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