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Sunday, December 27, 2009

FDNY firefighter Jason Brezler spends Christmas in Afghanistan


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Firefighters of Ladder 58 hold a photo of Jason Brezler who is fighting in Afghanistan


FDNY firefighter Jason Brezler spends Christmas in Afghanistan fighting Taliban not fires
BY Stephanie Gaskell AND Barry Paddock
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Sunday, December 27th 2009, 12:20 PM


Bronx firefighter Jason Brezler usually volunteers at the firehouse on Christmas, but this year he spent the holiday fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

"If I wasn't here, 90 percent I'd probably be filling in for someone who has kids," Brezler told the Daily News from his combat outpost in Helmand province. "Those guys are all away from their families, too."

Brezler, 31, is a captain with the Marine Reserves, serving with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines.

He's been deployed four times since Sept. 11.

"I'm actually proud to be here," he said. "We all volunteered for this deployment. All of us wanted to come here and contribute to the fight in Afghanistan."
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FDNY firefighter Jason Brezler spends Christmas in Afghanistan

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