During the 1980s, my brother Teddy was a volunteer firefighter with our local firehouse. I remember more than a few late nights when an alarm would go off and Teddy would jump into his 1976 Monte Carlo and rush to the firehouse or, more frequently, just run the block and a half up the street.

He did this for the same reasons that everyone who volunteers at a local fire company does: He cared about the people in our small suburban community.

Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Thought police? What he might do? No, not the issue. In fact, he attended a hate group meeting. He did more than think, he acted. I object to the author using our brave volunteer fire fighters to try and make a deranged point in favor of white supremacists.

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