Fire Academy Clown Teaches Fire Safety
Sometimes, life plays tricks on you. Hank Bauer is now playing a few tricks himself – and having a wonderful time.
After he retired from military service, Bauer said, he chose work as a volunteer firefighter in Putnam and Morgan counties as a way to continue to serve in his community.
There, he met a fire safety clown named “Fireball,” aka Bill Carmen, and Bauer said he suddenly knew that’s what he wanted to do.
“I think it’s improved my life greatly, and I thank Bill for introducing me to it,” Bauer said.
He learned clown history, types, ethics, costuming, makeup, character development, balloon sculpting, juggling and how to perform fire safety skits.