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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:27

When Huffman quit school after 10th grade, he moved to Newport, DE.  He stayed with friends, the Hunsucker’s, in Newport, DE for a year or two before joining the Marines.  He worked at an appliance store, Justice Brothers.  He delivered TV’s and put up antennas; he delivered refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ranges and installed them.    Down the street from Justice Brothers, the same block where he lived in Newport; was the Minquas Volunteer Fire Company.  Huffman joined.  He played pool and hung out and went to fires.  One memorable fire occurred Christmas Eve, December 24th, 1966.  There was 14” of snow that day and thunder snow.  There was a fire on Newport Gap Pike.   He recalls the rescue truck slightly hitting the back of the fire truck while he was on the back of it. No one was hurt.  The fire truck did get stuck in the snow; a plow went by and didn’t offer help.  However, the fire truck was able to get moving anyway, and the fire was put out.  It was cold and windy.  Another employee of Justice Brothers, Bobby Clifton lived one block from the firehouse.  The heater in he and his dad’s home caught on fire.  Clifton tried to put it out before calling the fire department.  The fire spread too fast.  When the fire trucks arrived, flames were shooting out of the windows into the street.  The Clifton house eventually had to be gutted.  None of the Clifton’s or the firemen were hurt.  Huffman recalls attending fire school in Dover, DE during a weekend.  Those attending the fire school learned firefighting during the day; at night it was party time for the teenagers and young men: seven and seven, or rum and coke, or Boone’s Farm