An Emergency at the Station

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I can remember that cold day in January three years ago. A co-worker and I were cleaning up around the Northside station on Jacob Street; the sounds of the congested traffic were all around us. Getting the station clean was all that we were thinking about at the time. I noticed a man wandering through the parking lot, and eagerly approaching me. In the meantime I continued to clean the windows on the bay doors, which were caked with dirt. I was lost in the moment when I heard, “Can I help you with something?” I had been waiting to hear those words for what seemed like an eternity and now I could finally get down off the ladder that I was working on. We shook hands. The man introduced himself. He was a stocky guy with a firm handshake. He said that he was here to do community service work. Remembering what my District Chief told me, you may have someone that is going to show up this morning to do some work. He asked me what I wanted him to do. I immediately made a beeline to the closet and showed him where the cleaning supplies were. I then showed him what my co-worker ...

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