Where there’s smoke – there’s Chris Merrick

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Chris Merrick has been a firefighter for 34 years. He and his crew share that deep, rare bond that comes from knowing you'll always have each other's backs, no matter what.

As a lieutenant, Chris would tell you it's his job to make sure his crew gets home to their families at the end of the shift. But for him, it's also about duty. It's about serving and having the courage to act in life-threatening situations. And it's about protecting people — even if that means just holding somebody's hand.

Chris' story reflects the character, commitment and passion surrounding the mission of 1 in one hundred million — a site devoted to sharing the personal stories of the people who do important and too-often unrecognized jobs we all rely on.

Check out his inspiring story in the video below and check the site regularly to hear more:

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