RED BANK, NJ: TAPinto Red Bank has been offering a series of “Back of the House” articles profiling the men and women who make Red Bank “work.” Our purpose is to have the borough residents gain a personal sense of the people and the support personnel who perform behind the scenes to keep the town running efficiently and safe, 24/7. Hence, “Back of the House.”
We asked the longest-standing member of the Red Bank Fire Department Frank Sole a few questions. While he doesn’t actively participate, he does go out on daytime calls.
TAPinto: Tell us about yourself, where you grew up, your family history in Red Bank and how long you’ve been with the RBFD
Sole: I was born in Red Bank in 1928 on Wall Street. I graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and in 1951 went into the Army serving two years in Korea.
My mother came from Maryland & father from New York, and they opened up a bakery shop on Monmouth Street.
I am 92 years old and have been active in the RBFD for over 70 years.
TAPinto: Talk about the moment or circumstances in your life when you realized that you wanted to become a firefighter
Sole: I was asked by a member to join in 1951 and I love it!
TAPinto: What changes have you seen over the years that most surprise and impress you?
Sole: It’s a nice surprise to see how many the young people we have in the fire department
TAPinto: What are some of your fondest memories?
Sole: Being with the most dedicated professional firemen there are. As I look back, I have fond memories on how we handled the big fires that Red Bank has had in the past
TAPinto: Ever think of retiring from the “House?"
Sole: I would like to go on forever, but my nighttime driving is not so good. But I will keep going as long as I can!
Fireman run to the danger, not away from it. All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.
Men like Frank Sole.
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