“I wish I had ten more like him,” said Don Young, Newberry Township Fire Department Asst Chief of volunteer Cody Zinn, seen here in the bucket of a ladder truck. Zinn, who has Cerebral Palsy, was surprised by Young during a training in Newberry Township when he got the 21-year-old a ride in the bucket.(Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)
NEWBERRY, PA -- Riding in a ladder truck bucket 67 feet in the air, Newberry Township volunteer firefighter Cody Zinn kept repeating the same thing.
"Holy crap," said the 21-year-old as smoke from the home below reached high above his head.
Zinn, who has cerebral palsy, was surprised with the ride in the ladder truck by Don Young, the assistant chief of the department.
“I wish I had ten more like him,” said Young, who was helping lead a training in the township that included four other departments. “He’s there for every training. Every fundraiser. He does whatever he can to help out.”
And while his condition prevented him from entering the burning building or manning a hose without assistance during the training, Zinn didn't let his physical limitations affect his attitude.
"I don't let that pull me down," he said. "I'm the same as everybody else."
Even though he has only been a member of the department for two years, his positive attitude has had an immediate effect on other members.
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