In Part II of our interview with retired Battalion Chief, John Cagno of the N. Providence RI Fire Department, we hear how the young, injured, "firefighter" Cagno, had to fight against the odds of getting his old job back.
While recovering from his severe injuries, he never took his eyes of the bullseye - coming back to the job he had idolized since he was a child. However, his wants and desires did not necessarily meet with those of the Town of North Providence.
It was only after a meeting with the Chief, where his request for reinstatement was declined due to the results of his injuries, that John felt he had to prove both his abilities and himself to the Chief. While he probably should not have done it, it did get John back on the job.
Yet his journey through this next chapter of his life was not free of further adversity. He describes the serious problem he faced and how he struggled to climb over another stumbling block.
Whether you're currently a firefighter, EMT/Paramedic or law enforcement officer, we all have to deal with problems and difficulties that the public very rarely sees. And Chief Cagno shows that when we are dedicated to our goal, we can come back and overcome the trials we face, if we remain dedicated to the task.