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    I spent a day with some friends, both old and new, at Houston Fire Department’s Station 38. They worked with me to create portraits between some … Read More
    I spent a day with some friends, both old and new, at Houston Fire Department’s Station 38. They worked with me to create portraits between some really good fajitas and numerous calls to “catch a run” (which I quickly learned meant everyone dropped what they were doing, no matter what that was, to jump in the truck and head out to “make a location”). I’ve never experienced anything quite like Station 38: I was drawn into their light-hearted yet deep camaraderie, pure desire to save others in distress, and unmatched courage. Hearing their stories was something I’ll never forget. So I’d love for you to get to know them, too. Read Less
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I spent a day with some friends, both old and new, at Houston Fire Department’s Station 38. They worked with me to create portraits between some really good fajitas and numerous calls to “catch a run” (which I quickly learned meant everyone dropped what they were doing, no matter what that was, to jump in the truck and head out to “make a location”). I’ve never experienced anything quite like Station 38: I was drawn into their light-hearted yet deep camaraderie, pure desire to save others in distress, and unmatched courage. Hearing their stories was something I’ll never forget. So I’d love for you to get to know them, too.
Josh
“People really have no idea what we truly see or do. We constantly meet people on the worst day of their life. There’s much that we don't talk about, so much we see that we don’t want to think about ever again. So being in a position to help those people makes it all worthwhile."
Philip
"As a Marine, I loved how much of a brotherhood it was. So I knew I wanted to have a similar sense of brotherhood in whatever I did next. I also come from a family of firefighters, my grandfather was chief in Baltimore. So I guess you can say it runs in my blood."
Melissa
"I've wanted to be a firefighter ever since I was a little girl. I love how everyday is different. When I’m here I have no idea what will happen next. Everything can change in an instant. I love that my job, my livelihood, exists around being able to help people and make their worst day a little bit better."
Jerry
“Honestly, I just got really tired of corporate America. Sitting in an office from 9 to 5 was not for me. I like the flexibility of being a firefighter, in both work and hours. When I work, it’s all-out and I get to push myself hard. But then I get a few days off, so I can relax and do what I want.”
Joey
“I’ve been doing this for 14 years now. I love the fact that no one day, no one second is ever the same. I’m constantly being tested and pushing myself past my limits. There’s also a strong sense of brotherhood. I’m surrounded by a group of people I can cut up with but I also literally trust them with my life.”
Quentin
“I started out by volunteering. I was doing it twice a week for four years while also working a regular job. I can’t really explain it, I just really loved it. I was always meeting new people, there was no monotony and the unknown factor quenched my sense of adventure.”
Sam
"I've been a firefighter for 33 years. I'll be retiring in January. I became a firefighter because I didn't go to college and needed a career. I stayed a firefighter because of the camaraderie with the guys at the station. You have to put up with a lot of bull crap, but I love it."
Terrell
“When I lived in LA, I got my graduate degree in screenwriting. But I lived next to a firehouse and it seemed like they always had so much fun. So here I am. As a firefighter, I feel like I get to be a kid forever. It's kind of like we are all adolescent in some way. We see some gruesome stuff and we have to treat it like we’re a kid. So much of it we would like to pretend didn’t really happen so we can keep on going.”
Alex
“Been fighting fire for five years. It is my favorite thing to do. That and making fajitas. I guess you could say I’m the station’s master chef.”