A fire in an attic may not be the way most people start their day, but for rookie Tampa firefighter Lauren Glanton, it seems to come naturally.
"That was my alarm clock," she said. "It was fire time, time to rock and roll!" Answering the call runs in the family.
"Broken legs, gunshot wounds, overdoses and everything else," said Lauren’s dad, Larry, a Tampa Fire Rescue paramedic who has seen it all during his 24 years with the department.
But now, Lauren has become the first daughter to follow in her father’s footsteps in the department’s more than 100-year history. There have been dozens of sons who have followed their fathers, but none like Lauren.
"I am the first," she laughed.
But it didn’t come without concern.
"I told her that you’re going to see the worst of the worst," said Larry.