Man of the house

Santiago Thompson, 8, tries out a stethescope on a baby CPR mannequin as he steps in as Honorary Chief for the day at the Stamford Fire Rescue Department in Stamford, Conn. on Saturday May 8, 2010.

Kathleen O’Rourke/The Advocate

This lucky 8 year-old got to play fire chief for the day after his parents won the honor in an auction at Rippowam School.  Despite bright red fire trucks, flashing lights, top of the line computers and boxes of Entenmann’s donuts, Santiago was still drawn to the little flashlight given to him by Chief McGrath and the ping pong table in the firehouse.  This was one of those easy assignments where candid images came naturally and he seemed to forget I was even in the room.  Except when he picked up the ping pong paddle, searched the room for a partner then looked into my camera as I clicked away and asked “Want a game?”  It’s nice to see some things never change.  Little boys still dream of being firemen or, in Santiago’s case, a soccer player.  He’s got plenty of time to decide.

Kathleen O'Rourke