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To serve and protect citizens

“Only 15 percent of the job is actually firefighting,” Tornabene said. “About 50 percent is probably EMS. Five-to-ten percent is prevention, which has increased because we just got a fire safety grant. The rest is spent doing training and maintenance.”
The firefighters must maintain the roughly 1,200 hydrants in the city, the 30,000 sections of hose, all of the trucks and ambulance vehicles, as well as the station.
“That becomes like a second home to them,” Tornabene said. “They have to scrub the toilets, cook dinner, clean dishes, sweep and mop.”

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Ex-GSU, NFL secondary stars watch Tigers play

Lewis and Walls played a combined 29 years in the NFL, both leaving indelibile marks on the game with their sterling play as defensive backs.
A native of Mansfield, Lewis played 16 seasons, dividing time between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders and being chosen to the Pro Bowl four different times.
Walls, who grew up in Dallas, had a 13-year career split between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants and remains as the only player in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions three times.

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Employees deserve recognition

Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and the city’s aldermen have set this week aside to let the Ruston citizens know how much work the city’s workers put in and how much those workers are appreciated.
Most of us take for granted everything that must be done for our city to operate on a daily basis.
Hollingsworth is the manager of a major operation, and he deserves a great deal of credit. However, he also gives a great deal of autonomy to his department heads — Randal Hermes, James Tornabene, Zack Spivey, Richard Aillet and Lewis Love.

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April Fool’s joke’s on Brian

April 1.
Otherwise known as April Fool’s Day.
While the origin of the great day of jokes is widely disputed, historical references show the celebrations date back more than 400 years.
Throughout the years, many members of the media have even gotten involved in the act of fooling readers, viewers and listeners.
Two of the most classic pranks of all-time were committed by radio shock jocks Howard Stern, as well as the duo of Opie and Anthony.

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Students give back at Big Event

Robyn Crumby, the community service director for the SGA, said most of the campus organizations were participating.
“We have about 120 job sites listed — that’s a record high, I believe,” Crumby said. “We’ll disperse to our job sites, and the students will be window washing, raking leaves and picking up trash.
Each organization has one to five job sites between their organization.”
Sponsored by the SGA, Coca Cola, Aramark, Builder Supply and Tech’s athletic department, the Big Event has been going strong for at least seven years, said Lindsay Mencacci, SGA’s president.

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