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by: Erika Orstad
What happens to fire hoses when they become beaten and battered on the job? For many, they’re thrown away; the lucky ones are given to Panama City Beach firefighter Daryl Paul.
“I love my country, I love my city and I love my job,” said Paul.
The hoses start off brand new. However, like the people who use them, they go through tough battles of their own.
“Each hose has got a story behind it,” said Scott Frazier, a firefighter who works with Paul at Panama City Beach Fire Station #2. “It’s been into something that not a lot of people or things get to experience.”
When they’re too beaten up to continue serving, Paul takes them home, cleans them up, puts on a fresh coat of paint and makes them into American flags.