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We're all in this together: DC bagpiper & firefighter lifting spirits all around our town

There's good stuff happening in our communities, so we're highlighting good people doing great things.

WASHINGTON — Jim Mazarra is bagpipe playing firefighter with Engine Company 1 in Washington, D.C.

He’s using his talent by traveling around our city playing in front of churches, monuments and hospitals.

His mission on this journey is to bring moments of joy to front-line workers and give them a brief pause 

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"I mean, it’s been incredible," Mazarra said. "I get a lot of thank you’s. I get a lot of teary eyes, and they really do get a break for a few minutes when they need it because they’re taking a beating. Death comes with their job but not the daily death that they are dealing with."

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