When we’re kids, there’s something special about a fire truck. It’s bright red, has flashing lights, and makes cool noises. It’s basically a life-sized kids’ toy.
So it’s only natural that when we grow up, we still have an affinity for fire trucks. And for many people, there’s still a part of them that dreams of going for a ride along with the sirens blaring.
Well, as is Connecticut Man’s nature, he saw an opportunity to make that dream a reality and he took it. According to NBC Connecticut, West Haven’s Wayne Gagne saw a fire truck sitting vacant and unattended while firefighters responded to a medical call nearby. So, he decided to climb in the cab.
Firefighters only came out to find Gagne in the cab when they heard the sirens going off. Turns out, he was standing on the switch that turns them on.
Gagne is being charged with trying to steal the truck and with possession of a dangerous weapon (he had an 8-inch knife on him for some reason). But if he doesn’t have a previous record, I’m hoping they show him a little leniency.
Because I know it’s not right to get into a car, let alone a fire truck, without permission, but I don’t think many of us who could resist the opportunity Gagne had. Those fire truck dreams of our youth don’t fade away, and the opportunities for a grown man to make them actually happen are few and far between.
Assuming he doesn’t have a long history of criminal behavior, I doubt he was actually trying to take the thing for a joy ride. He probably just wanted to play with the sirens. He probably just wanted to pretend he was a fireman for a few minutes. He probably just wanted to make one of his dreams a reality.
And if dreaming big and trying to make them a reality is a crime, then we should all be locked up. Because for the first time in Connecticut Man history, that’s all this guy was doing. And frankly, it’s a little admirable.