One dark night outside a small town in
inside the local sausage plant and in a blink it exploded into
The alarm went out to all the fire departments from miles around.
When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the sausage
company president rushed to the fire chief and said, 'All of our secret
formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant.
They must be saved and I will give $50,000 to the fire department that
brings them out intact.'
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.
Soon more fire departments from surrounding towns had to be called in
as the situation became
As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now
$100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company's secret
From a distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into
It was the nearby Melville rural township volunteer fire department
composed mainly of Ukrainians over the age of 65.
To everyone's amazement, the little run-down fire engine,
operated by these Ukrainians, passed all the newer sleek engines
parked outside the plant and drove straight into the middle of the inferno.
Outside, the other firemen watched as the Ukrainian old timers jumped off
and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen
Within a short time, the Melville old-timers had extinguished the fire and
saved the secret formulas.
The grateful sausage company president joyfully announced that for such a
superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over
to personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Ukrainian firefighters.
The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film
'What are you going to do with all that money?'
'Vell,' said Nick Sputski, the 70-year-old fire chief,
'.....da furst thing vee gonna do is fix da brakes on dat freaking truck.'