YOUNGSTOWN - Mike Drummond said he misses his old job every day, so he never passes up a chance to go back.
He was at the city's Central Fire Station on Wednesday as his grandson Ryan Cook was sworn in as a firefighter, one of seven new hires who took the oath from Mayor Charles Sammarone.
Cook didn't have far to look for career advice; besides Drummond, there is his uncle Jimmy Drummond, who is a battalion chief for the department, and his father, Dave Cook, who is a captain.
Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone swears in seven new firefighters at the Central Fire Station in downtown Youngstown on Wednesday. Being sworn in are, from left, Dan McGlone, Josh Grossman, Ben Hendershott, Aaron Smith, Matt Lucy, Jeff Davis and Ryan Cook.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Joe Gorman
Mike Drummond was a firefighter for 30 years, almost all of them spent on the rescue squad, and he said in the 13 years since he retired, he still thinks of it.
''I choke up every time I come here,'' he said.
Ryan Cook said he has wanted to be a firefighter for as long as he can remember. He said he was influenced by his father and grandfather and other family members who are firefighters.
''I want to follow in their footsteps,'' Ryan Cook said.
Dave Cook, who has been in the department for 19 years, said while he will worry about his son, he is also confident the people around him will keep him safe.
''He's with qualified people and people who are trained highly,'' Dave Cook said.
Dave Cook also said his advice to his son was simple: ''Do what your captain says to do and be a hard worker.''
Fire Chief John O'Neill said the seven men were sworn in to make up for vacancies expected over the next six months because of retirements.
Mike Drummond said he misses the brotherhood that comes with being a firefighter, and several of those who were sworn in Wednesday said that is what attracted them to the job.
Jeff Davis of Austintown also was sworn in. He said he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, including a seven month tour in Afghanistan that began in November 2011. He said he likes being a firefighter because it is a way to serve.
''I like to serve the public,'' Davis said.
Tim Hrina was one of two firefighters who were promoted to lieutenant Wednesday.
''Working with these guys is like being with family,'' Hrina said.
Hrina said it is a job you have to like if you want to do it and do it well.
''It's a passion,'' Hrina said. ''You've got to love it.''