Italian Firemen

One dark night in the small town of Garfield, NJ, a fire started inside
the local sausage factory. In a blink the building was engulfed in
flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles

When the first volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the
sausage company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All of
our secret sausage recipes are in the vault in the center of the
plant. They must be saved. I will donate $50,000 to the fire department
that brings them out and delivers them to me."

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire
departments had to be called in because the situation became
desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the
offer to extricate the secret recipes was now $100,000 to the fire
depa rtment that could save them.

Suddenly from up the road, a lone siren was heard as another fire
truck came into sight. It was the fire engine of the nearby Lodi, NJ
volunteer fire department composed mainly of Italian firefighters over
the age of 65.

To everyone's amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by
these Italian firefighters, passed fire engines parked outside the
plant, and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the
other firemen watched in amazement as the Italian old timers jumped off
and began to fight the fire with a performance that was as if they were
fighting to save their own lives. Within a short time, the Lodi old
timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret recipes.

The grateful sausage company president joyfully announced that for
such a superhuman accomplishment he was upping the reward to $200,000,
and walked over to personally thank each of the brave elderly Italian

A TV news crew rushed in after capturing the event on film. The 'on
camera' reporter asked the
Italian fire chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"

"Wella," said Chief Pasquale De Luccinellavanti, the 70-year-old fire
chief, "de fursta tinga we gonnna do isza fixa uppa de brakes on dat
fockinna truck