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Auroran Angelo R. Minneci 28 knew from young age he wanted be firefighter. When he was 18 Minneci joined AurorFire

Auroran Angelo R. Minneci, 28, knew from a young age he wanted to be a firefighter. When he was 18, Minneci joined the Aurora Fire Department's Explorer Post 99. "Fire service is a brotherhood," Minneci said. "When one falls, we all feel the effects of i

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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:29PM

We have all seen the big red trucks rolling down the road. Lights flashing and horn blowing. The men and women jump out, dressed in their fire suits and dash into a burning building any sane person would run away from.

When Aurora recruited a new class of firefighters, I jumped at the chance to put a face and a story behind the mask and show what it really takes to become an Aurora Firefighter.

It’s only been a few short weeks since these men were sworn in and they still have a long road to becoming full fledged AFD, but it has been an honor to spend time with them as they work to hone their craft at saving the lives of people whom they’ve never met.

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