“Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan.”

Dekalb Walcott Jr. spent more than 30 years as a firefighter for the Chicago Fire Department.

He’s now retired–but his son, Dekalb Walcott III, is following in his dad’s line of work.

They recently sat down for a conversation at StoryCorps.

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Dekalb Walcott III also wrote and recorded a song, “It’s a Callin’,” about his career. Listen to it here:

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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Music Info: "Note Drop" by Broke For Free from the Album Layers
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher Morris
Facilitated by Andre Perez and Alicia Williams
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