GREENFIELD – U.S. Sen. Todd Young stopped in Greenfield on Thursday to meet with local firefighters.

When he’s not in Washington, D.C., he’s traveling across the state to meet the Hoosiers he serves.

Thursday’s tour of the state brought him to the Greenfield Fire Department on South Street after a ride-along with Indianapolis police earlier in the day.

He focused on meeting with public safety officials and building their trust, telling those gathered he wants to hear about their concerns and allow them to voice their opinions.

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The gathering was informal, with Young asking firefighters and city officials present what weighed on their minds.

The group briefly talked about national security and federal transportation funding. They talked about jobs and the housing market. Fire department leaders thanked Young for federal grants the department has received.

Then, Young learned more about the folks in the room. How long had they served their community? Why did they become firefighters in the first place, he asked.

Young said he wants constituents to know he’s available, and he wants to hear from them.

Then he thanked them for their service to their community.

“You run into burning buildings,” he said. “It takes a special kind of person to do that.”

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or