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Crime/Courts

January 23, 2014

Dana Cramer worked 35 years at Norman Fire Department

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Cramer said he originally became a firefighter to help people.

“It was a great opportunity to help the community. My parents were involved in the community and I think that kind of brushed off onto me,” Cramer said. “It’s a good feeling to be able to help people.”

During his 35-year career, Cramer said the thing he is most proud of is receiving the David Bain Award from the OSFA. The award recognizes individuals who have provided service both to their community and the OSFA and who have also “proven to be a person of courage and impeccable character,” according to the association’s website.

Cramer was the first person to ever receive the award, which is named after a former OSFA president and Midwest City fire chief. Bain died of cancer, and the award is given in honor of him every year.

“He (Bain) was really involved in the fire service and we were really good friends,” Cramer said. “Me being friends with him, it meant a lot.”

While Cramer said he has been fortunate enough to receive a lot of accolades and awards throughout his career, he didn’t get into firefighting for the awards.

“It just kind of happened along the way. I just enjoy helping people and trying to do my little part in the world,” he said.

While Cramer said he’s looking forward to getting to play some golf with his free time and getting some things done on his “honey do” list, he still plans on staying involved in the community.

He said he’s probably going to miss all of the guys at the fire department the most and the camaraderie that came along with working there, but over the years he’s learned a lot of good pranks.

“We used to have a clown society, and Dana was a member of the clown society,” Fullingim said as the crowd at the retirement reception laughed.

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