Fullingim had several stories to tell about Cramer’s clowning around.
“A long time ago, back when Dana used to walk and have a little spring in his step and all that stuff, he was known for grabbin’ a hold of people,” Fullingim said.
Cramer had been a wrestler, so he took advantage of the situation, coming up from behind people and putting his knuckle on a person’s chest. Then he got stabbed in the back of the hand because of it, Fullingim said as the crowd let out some more laughter.
“(The firefighter) as big as he was, as strong as he was, he still couldn’t get away, so he worked a pocket knife out of his pocket and finally stabbed Dana in the back of the hand — and Dana let go,” Fullingim said.
Then there was a time when Cramer decided to bring a turkey for Thanksgiving.
“I don’t know if he mentioned that he was going to bring a live turkey and turn it loose in the bedroom with people back there sleeping, but he did,” Fullingim said.
While there are a lot of funny stories Fullingim said he could have told, the point was that Cramer always had fun with his job. When Fullingim started his career as a firefighter at the age of 19, he said Cramer was always there looking out for him.
“He was the guy that made sure I had my pants on the night before we went out, or he tried to,” he said. “I have this problem, I don’t wake up well. So I’d put on the wrong boots, the ones that don’t have any pants with them, and Dana would help me figure it all out, get you dressed and get you on the way.”