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Drop the stereotypes

From the April 16, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Most of us have at some time asked what drives a man who is a volunteer firefighter to strap on a 50-pound tank and enter a burning building or tackle 60-foot flames on mountain slopes in Colorado. What inspires a police officer or a foot soldier to kick down a door on a smoke-filled street knowing that the suspect or the enemy is armed and ready? This week, Sentinel writers ask whether such rugged men are also capable of showing love and unselfishness, or the tenderness of a hands-on dad.