One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical
plant and in a blink it exploded into flames. The alarm went out to the fire
departments from miles around. When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the
scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, “All of
our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be
saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.”
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments had
to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the
president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who
could bring out the company’s secret files.
From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight.
It was the nearby Jewish rural township volunteer fire company composed entirely
of menchen over the age of 65. To everyone’s amazement, the little run-down fire
engine operated by this Jewish Fire Department passed all the newer sleek
engines parked outside the plant - and drove straight into the middle of the
inferno. Outside the other firemen watched as the Jewish old timers jumped off
and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen before.
Within a short time, the Jewish old timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.
The grateful chemical company president joyfully announced that for such a
superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to
personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Jewish fire fighters.
The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film asking,
“What are you going to do with all that money”?
“Well,” said Abe Hertzfeld, the 70-year-old fire chief, “the first thing we are
going to do is fix the brakes on that friggin’ truck!”
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