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Long Island firefighter’s 8-year-old grandson assigned to animal control at house fire

NY Freeport Hashagen picture of grandson at fire

Photo by Paul Hashagen.

The Daily Beast has an article about a Long Island, NY volunteer firefighter who took his eight-year-old grandson along to a fire. Paul Hashagen is retired FDNY, spending most of his career at Rescue 1, and is a member of the Freeport Fire Department.  Hashagen was babysitting grandson Matthew Smith who was home sick from school when the call was dispatched for a house fire with people trapped just four blocks away.

According to Micheal Daly’s article, Hashagen quickly dressed Matthew telling him, “There’s a fire and people trapped around the corner, we have to go!”

On the fireground Hashagen deposited his grandson in the cab of the ladder truck and went to work.  Returning to the rig to change bottles Paul Hashagen discovered someone had also put Matthew to work.

… Hashagen checked inside the truck and saw Matthew sitting with what appeared to be a kind of terrier.

“Where’d the dog come from?” Hashagen asked.

“One of the firemen took him from the house and I’m holding him,” Matthew replied.

Hashagen noted that the dog was relaxed and content in the boy’s care.

“Okay, you take care of him,” Hashagen said.

Hashagen returned to the smoke and flame as the boy tended to the terrier.

Click here to read Michael Daly’s entire article from The Daily Beast

LI Freeport firefighter's grandson Daily Beast


Comments - Add Yours

  • Bronwen K. Williams

    Good for Matthew!!

  • Fire21

    Some firefighters work even when we don’t feel good. Nice job, Matthew!

  • Tiger Schmittendorf

    A real kid!

  • sharppointy1

    Good use of resources. Matthew, you can consider this your first fire department assignment!

  • E F Hutton

    oh my, wait till their insurance company hears about this, and the local government board finds out they are liable somewhat if something happens,talking about a whole bunch of exposure problems even before you get on the scene,department policy violations, etc. well you know,jus saying,,,,, maybe more of a case of bad grandpa ?, now lets go stare into a mars 888 light and wait for the next big one……

  • Lawrence A. Kehoe

    Love it! Well done good sir and good job kiddo!

  • Debbi DeCavit

    My dad was a volunteer firefighter for our local fire dept. when my brother and I were kids. My mom worked on Saturdays and if he got a call, we all loaded up and went with him. We sat in the car many times for fires, accidents, even a few control burns. We knew NEVER to get out of the car and get in the way. We loved it. Watching all the excitement, being right there and if it did get boring, falling asleep in the car. Of course this was all 40+ years ago, before all the insurance liability crap, but man, what a great childhood.