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COVENTRY â€“ Family, dear friends, emergency personnel and town officials celebrated the accomplishments of a man who they consider to be an invaluable role model by holding a ceremony to dedicate the Coventry Fire and Police Alarm Headquarters to Retired Fire Chief Stanley Mruk, now 86 years old.
Diane Hunter, one of Mrukâ€™s daughters, described what it was like growing up surrounded by emergency services.
â€śFrom the time I was young, I remember fire alarms and police alarms being sounded and I even remember we had a red phone,â€ť she said. â€śHe knew all the codes for all the streets and neighborhoods and Iâ€™d go and look at the map and sure enough, he was always right. It was a 24/7, 365-day a year job and we all understood that. He not only took care of police and fire calls, but we had people call our home and he would always go to their need.â€ť
Hunter said he worked for the people and never made a big deal about what he did.
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