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Waterloo firefighter plays football with local kids

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Nearly every afternoon, the neighborhood boys turn their quiet street into the 50-yard line.  And that was the case when Waterloo Firefighters responded to a non-emergency call, just doors down from the boys' game one recent afternoon.

"We were waiting for a service company to come and finish the problem out. I looked down the street and saw three little boys coming down the street with a football," said Firefighter David Floyd.

The boys were curious to know what was going on.

"When we first went over there, we thought we were going to get in trouble. He just wanted us to throw him the ball," said 11-year-old, Ryan Lessman.

Firefighter David Floyd spent the next 30 minutes playing catch with the boys and giving them a few tips.

"How to correctly do a hand off," said Lessman.

"Yea, he taught me how to grab the ball like this and tuck it in," explained 9-year-old, Ethan Rogers.

 Floyd used to be a youth football coach. He says taking the time to teach the boys is also part of being a firefighter.

 "Being good to kids in the community and people in general, is just as much a part of our jobs as going into emergency calls. We are stewards of the community. If I can't take five seconds out of my day to make a little one happy, say hi to a mom or any number of things, I am not really doing my job," said Floyd.

Floyd certainly did his job and left quite an impression. The boys' mothers telling KWWL, the boys have been talking about the game non-stop.

"Pretty cool," said 9-year-old Korbyn Brower.

"Really cool," said Lessman.

"It was fun," said Rogers.

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