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Some East Texans pull double duty when it comes to public safety

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Rushing into a fire or into a dangerous situation takes a special person. Doing both takes a whole lot more.

"It does take a special person, because you have to be trained over and over again and go out and do it," said full time Trinity police officer and volunteer firefighter Larry Barak.

"Both of them are very dangerous jobs, but you have to put your heart into and do what you are trained to do," said full time Crockett Police officer and volunteer firefighter Detric Murray.

When Murray isn't suiting up as a volunteer with the Crockett Fire Department he's patrolling the streets with his friend Michael McKay, both full time police officers and part time fire fighters.

"I like that feeling," said McKay."You get both sides of the spectrum."

It's not just police that volunteer with fire departments. It also goes the other way as well.

"We've been here a long time and work well with the sheriff's department," said Hayne Huffman.

Brothers Wayne and Hayne Huffman run the Trinity Fire Department, but are also deputies with Trinity County.

Having training in both areas is a plus for small communities.

"The training that we get carries over into both departments," said Hayne Huffman.

"When I'm on duty with the police department, I will be the first responder there," said Murray. I will do a scene size up. We know what types of resources we need and by doing that it could save a matter of minutes."

"The training I have picked up here (at the Crockett Fire Department), I can apply to the field when I'm out there."

The training has made a bond between departments.

"If they call us or we call them, we are going to be working as a team for one goal and that is the protection of our citizens," said Crockett Police Chief David Cross

Crockett Fire Chief John Angerstein says that he hopes having personnel trained and working with multiple departments is something that will become more common because it could help with resources in emergency situations.

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