One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical factory and exploded into flames. The alarm went out to the volunteer fire departments in the nearby towns.
When the first firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, “All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that puts the fire out.”
The fire chief ordered his men to attack the fire but after two hours of fighting the fire, nothing had changed. The fire was getting bigger and bigger. Another fire department arrived and the president of the chemical company offered $100,000 to the firefighters who could put out the fire. After another hours, the fire was still burning, and it seemed even bigger.
Suddenly, in the distance, they saw an old fire truck rushing towards the fire. It was another local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over the age of 65. To everyone’s amazement, the little fire engine raced passed everyone and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the old men jumped out of their truck and began to fight the fire like heroes, jumping up and down on the flames. In a short time, the old men had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.
The chemical company president announced that for such a fantastic job, he was increasing the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, old fire fighters.
The local TV news reporters rushed to speak to the old men and asked, “What are you going to do with all that money?”
“Well,” said the 70-year-old fire chief, “the first thing we are going to do … is buy some new brakes for our truck.”