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Pictured here as leans against one of the newer fire units that is housed in the Ville Platte Fire Department Station on Magnolia Street is retired firefighter Derek Marcantel. He joined the department as a volunteer in 1985 and has been a paid firefighter for the past 23 years. He still plans on serving the department as a volunteer. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Forging truths in the fire

Hollywood through movies and television series has always romanticized the profession of the firefighter for its courage and strength.


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