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Guest Blogger: MJ Fredrick
Monday, May 13th, 2013

657 My first firefighter crush was on John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) on the TV show Emergency! I was in elementary school. Ever since, I’ve had to check out TV shows with firefighters.

One of my favorites was Third Watch, especially in the wake of 9-11, where the characters would head to the rubble of the WTC after their shift. That was really intense and heart-breaking, but so cathartic to watch.

Then came Rescue Me, which my husband loved but I loathed. I didn’t find one character I could root for. Not one of them was heroic, which my husband said was the point–they were just regular guys doing a hard job. But they spoiled my ideal of the firefighter, which I am convinced is more the truth than that show would have me believe.

Now I’m loving Chicago Fire. That show has its share of firefighters making bad decisions (CRUZ!) but there are redeeming moments and characters you can root for, and a hottie or two. I love the overarching storylines, like Casey’s problems with the cop. My favorite character is Christopher, the down-on-his-luck firefighter who has so many money problems. He makes the show for me.

I love my fictionalized firefighters, because they remind me of the dangers these brave men and women face every day.

What about you? Do you have a favorite TV or movie firefighter? What about in books? How flawed can a character be before you can no longer root for him?

BIO: MJ Fredrick’s first two books were about firefighters: Where There’s Smoke is about a city firefighter who falls for his best friend, and Hot Shot is about a wildfire fighter who falls for the reporter who wants to make him out to be a hero when he sees himself as anything but.

9 comments to “Guest Blogger: MJ Fredrick”

  1. Teresa Hughes
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 6:14 am · Link

    I haven’t watched many movies of firefighters. The main one I can think of and is a favorite movies is Fireproof with Kirk Cameron. When I was a teen I had a crush on Kirk and still follow what he does. Fireproof is a good movie that even my kids can watch.

    With characters I usually can deal with them unless they are girls that whine all the time. Those girls I want to tell to suck it up and move on. I can’t stand guys who use females or think the are God’s gift to women. I can usually overlook other flaws.

    Enjoyed your post:)



  2. MJ Fredrick
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 7:45 am · Link

    Is Fireproof really sad? For some reason, I think I didn’t watch it because it’s sad! YES on the girls who whine all the time! Get a backbone!



  3. Laura Mae Le Capelain
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am · Link

    MJ Fredrick, We must be around the same age because Emergency was my favourite show too. It also could be why I have such a thing for Firefighters. Chicago Fire reminds me of Emergency but its centered around the entire department not just the Paramedics which I really like. My favourite character is Severide.

    If I find books that have characters that are Firefighters I will always choose them first.



  4. Anne
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 10:53 am · Link

    Kurt Russell in Backdraft.



  5. MJ Fredrick
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 11:21 am · Link

    Ohhhhh, Severide! I admit, he’s the reason I started watching :) That man is beautiful. I’m glad they cleaned him up.

    Anne, YES, he was so heroic! :::sigh:::

    The movie I wanted to love but couldn’t was Ladder 49. TOO sad!



  6. Laurie P
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Randolph Mantooth, wow! Hadn’t thought about that show in years. As for a favorite movie, Kurt Russell in Backdraft for me too.



  7. MJ Fredrick
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      · May 13th, 2013 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Kurt was so smokin’ in the 80s. Backdraft, Tombstone. Mmm….



  8. Chris Bails
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      · May 14th, 2013 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I agree Kurt Russell in Backdraft. I also loved Rescue Me with Dennis Leary. That was a good show.



  9. MJ Fredrick
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      · May 14th, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Link

    Rescue Me was good–very well written and with a good message. I just couldn’t get into it like I can with Chicago Fire.