Burning Down the House


Among about 70 area firefighters were (l-r) Seth Saylors ’14, Tyler Murray ’15 and (kneeling) Stefano Blandino ’16 who took part in live-fire training at an abandoned home near Davidson.

For several hours instructors lit small interior fires for trainees to extinguish. After everyone had a turn, the fire was allowed to burn the home to the ground, offering opportunities for dramatic portraits.

The three students are volunteers with the Davidson Fire Department. Murray grew up with a fire station down the street from his house. He joined that department in high school and earned his Emergency Medical Technician certification. The work has inspired him to follow Davidson’s pre-med track and apply to medical school.

Saylors and Blandino joined the department to fulfill community service requirements for the Bonner Scholarship, and Saylors also has developed an interest in medical school through the work.

The Davidson students are full-fledged departmental volunteers, serving three or four 14-hour shifts per month. They are the first out the door to take any calls that come in during those shifts, and respond to other calls as their academic schedules allow.


About Author

Bill Giduz’s association with Davidson began in 1970 when he enrolled as a freshman. Nine years later he attended his fifth reunion, learned of an opening in the communications department, and has now worked gratefully in that office for 34 years. He commutes on two wheels, juggles on Sunday afternoons and regularly plays basketball with much quicker young men.

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