A Slice Of Texas
“I’ve done made a deal with the devil. He said he’s going to give me an air-conditioned place when I go down there, if I go there, so I won’t put all the fires out.” -Red Adair
You know how it is here in Texas. Things are often just bigger and better, aren’t they? The same is true for the character of most Texans; Texans are just great people.
Knowing this, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the most famous firefighter in the world was a Texan, just a poor boy born in 1915 in the town of Houston. At the age of twenty-four he went to work for Myron M. Kinley, a pioneer in fighting oil well fires. He would remain with Kinley for the next 20 years, honing the skills that would eventually make him famous.
In 1962, the name Red Adair began to be a household word as his fame began to grow as he and his team put out fires all over the world. In 1968, the name became immortal when John Wayne portrayed the gutsy fire fighter in the movie, Hellfighters. In 1991, Adair’s team continued to amaze the world when they were called in to quench the fires begun by Saddam Hussein’s military forces.
When asked why he did not retire, Adair told reporters, “I’ve got too many of my friends that retired and went home and got on a rocking chair, and about a year and a half later, I’m always going to the cemetery.”
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