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February 17, 2013
Remembering Phillip Bennett -
I want to start by saying how blessed I am for having known Phillip Bennett as long as I have. When you spend a third of your life with someone, you can't help but consider them family. He began his career at Pleasant Grove on March 08, 2003. When he started, he probably had forgotten more about firefighting than I knew at the time, but yet somehow he was my "rookie" because of senority. Turns out, he taught me more (about life) than I could have ever taught him. He taught me valuable lessons about commitment, friendship and hard work. If it was saturday and we were to only wash the bay out, we also blew off city Hall's parking lot while we were at it. That's just the kiind of guy he was. He taught me how to find deals at yard sales, tht onions are good in just about anythiings, and that you can actually have trees shipped through the post office. I learned that pepper is a huge staple in meal preparation and coffee was a 24-7 commitment! As many of you may know, Phillip did live in a barn. Yes, a barn. Although this barn was the butt of many jokes around the fire station, once we all saw how beautiful it was, he was the one with the last laugh, He devoted many years of his life to that barn, lake and surrounding land and it truly is a beautiful place. Phillip could always fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but his snoring seemed to keep everyone else awake. When we would complain about his snoring, his humourous reply was always, "It doesn't bother me at all". He always had a coffee cup in his hand, but never his cell phone. It was usually turned off and in the truck. He always enjoyed the little things, a great cup of coffee, good conversation or a home cooked meal. He was such a simple guy but that's what made him such a remarkable person. He knew the value of hard work, friendship, family and the outdoors while everything else really didn't seem to matter. Phillip was the type to never turn away a stray animal, a friend looking for advice or a stranger just seeking conversation. Traits like that made him a pleasure to work with and an even greater friend to know and love.
Phillip, from all of us at Pleasant Grove you will always have a place in our hearts and we appreciate you allowing us in yours.
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