Grant Chesko, 15, grew up watching television shows about firefighters. Unlike many youngsters today who dream of being fictional superheroes, Griffin looked up to the heroes who saved people in the real world.

“As soon as I turned 14, I went to my department and got the papers,” said the second-year junior cadet from Fairfield Fire & EMS.

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