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‘Makes you proud’: Father-son duo fights fires in Roanoke

Their bond goes far beyond the call

ROANOKE, Va. – A firefighting father-son duo has had a busy summer in Roanoke.

Rob and Brandon Bolton continue a longstanding tradition of family members who serve the Roanoke Fire-EMS department.

Lieutenant Rob Bolton has been fighting fires in Roanoke for more than 20 years, so when it came time for his son Brandon to pick a career, the choice was clear.

Lieutenant Rob Bolton and his son Brandon fought their first fire together this month.
Lieutenant Rob Bolton and his son Brandon fought their first fire together this month. (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

“Me, my mom and my sister would always go up to visit him at the fire house and see how the guys interacted and get to see everybody getting together and hanging out. It was like another family,” said Brandon Bolton.

When Roanoke Fire-EMS got a call to an apartment fire on Westside Boulevard on July 21 , the Boltons were in for a surprise.

“I remember I walked around the truck and saw him and I just couldn’t help but start smiling,” Brandon Bolton said.

It was the very first fire the father-son pair got to fight together.

“Going to a fire scene and you walk around the building, and look up and see Brandon getting off the other fire truck at the fire scene, kind of makes you proud,” Lieutenant Rob Bolton said.

Brandon jokes that having his father around has kept him on his toes and helped build a bond that goes far beyond the call.


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