These lines close the second verse of the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” What does the American flag represent? For some it stirs up patriotism and pride while others are overcome with sentimentalism and sorrow due to the loss of a loved one. Ultimately, very few people are ambivalent when it comes to our nation’s flag. This is true for Travis Ford who is the director of the Vol State Fire Science program. Ford has been involved with the program for many years while still working full-time for the Nashville Fire Department at Station Number Nine. (The twentieth busiest station in the country).
“This profession is very rewarding and fulfilling when you get the opportunity to save someone’s life,” said Ford. “We have had way over a hundred graduates from the program and continue to see great things from those completing the course.”