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Marco's youngest firefighter

Junior Firefighter of the Year Andrew Sprankle, right, a 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, fights his first fire with members of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Tuesday.

Marco Fire Inspector John Armstrong, EAGLE i contributor

Junior Firefighter of the Year Andrew Sprankle, right, a 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, fights his first fire with members of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Tuesday.

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  • A fire ignited behind the Marco Island fire station is extinguished by Junior Firefighter of the year for 2009 Andrew Sprankle, a 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School.
  • Taking center stage Tuesday is 2009 Junior Firefighter of the Year Andrew Sprankle, a 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, who received fire gear sized for the youngster, got a ride to school in the fire truck and put out fires with the help of his new Marco Island Fire Rescue Department teammates.
  • Marco Island fourth-grader Andrew Sprankle is on top of the world, or at least a fire truck, Tuesday, as he suits up in his own properly-sized fire gear as the 2009 Junior Fire Fighter of the Year. Sprankle won an essay contest at Tommie Barfield Elementary School writing about what makes his home fire safe. His award included a day of firefighting adventures with the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department.
  • Junior Firefighter of the Year Andrew Sprankle, right, a 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, fights his first fire with members of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Tuesday.

Andrew Sprankle, Junior Firefighter of the year for 2009. The 4th-grader from Tommie Barfield Elementary School won an essay contest on home fire safety leading to a ride to school in a fire truck, full fire gear of his own and a chance to put out his own fires Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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