The Old Swedish Firetruck

  1. One dark night outside a small town in Wisconsin, a fire started inside
    The local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye, it exploded into
    massive
    flames.

    The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When
    the
    volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company
    president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas
    are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will
    give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact."

    But the roaring flames held the fire-fighters off. Soon more fire
    departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the
    firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000
    to the fire department who could bring out the company's secret files.

    From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came
    into sight. It was the nearby Swedish rural township volunteer fire company
    composed mainly of Swedes over the age of 65.

    To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right
    past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant. Without
    even slowing down, it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.

    Outside, the other firemen watched as the Swedish old timers jumped off
    right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It was a
    performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the old
    timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas.

    The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a
    superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000 and walked over to
    personally thank each of the brave fire fighters.

    The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking
    their chief "what are you going to do with all that money?"

    "Vell," said Ole Larson the 70-year-old fire chief, "da first thing ve
    gonna do is.. fix da brakes on dat blinking truck."
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