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Clearwater firefighter writes children's book to teach his young sons about his job

Jerome Mourelatos' book is available online
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Posted at 3:34 AM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-07 08:25:42-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. — About 10 years ago, firefighter Jerome Mourelatos saw his two sons, Alex and Ben, playing with a small plastic toy.

It was a fireman, of course.

And that's when the Clearwater first responder had the idea:

"I knew I wanted to write a book."

Today, Mourelatos drives the truck at Clearwater Fire & Rescue Station 49. He's also a paramedic.

And on top of all that, he's an author, having just published "The Adventures of Alex & Ben & the Beachwater Fire Department," a children's book starring his two boys as wee firefighters.

Mourelatos said he wanted his sons to know all the things firefighters do — beyond putting out fires.

"A lot of books I read to my sons are about firefighters rushing into fires," said Jerome. "But we do so much more. People don't realize we go to every single medical call, every accident."

The book, which features illustrations by Mourelatos's sister Karen Moss, is available right here.