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Melissa Larson pounds a halligan bar, which anchors the firefighters' safety line, into the ground with a sledgehammer during a Rockdale County Fire Department training exercise.

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It's not uncommon for people to express surprise when Melissa Larson pulls off her face piece, a protective fire mask, after she's responded to the scene of an emergency.. "They say 'That's a fire lady.' We get that all the time," said Larson. "That's neat. You get a


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