The long and winding road…
By Jim Wallace

Dreams come true even though the road to them can be long and winding.
For Antrone Brewer, the road meant bumps and bruises – figuratively and literally.
On May 30, the longtime Indie wrestler, from Thomson, earned a full time job as referee D.A. Brewer in the WWE. The announcement came after Brewer took part in a WWE try-out earlier this year.
“WWE liked what they saw and they came knocking,” said Brewer, who has wrestled for six-and-a-half years in the Indies as DaFireman,
While the official word came almost at the end of May, Brewer had resigned positions with McDuffie County E911, where he was a 911 dispatcher and the Thomson Fire Rescue Service, where he was an engineer.
“I've been a member of TFR for 15 years and 911 Dispatch for almost 10 years,” Brewer said, adding that he had always dreamed of battling flames.
“I’d always had the dream of becoming a firefighter here in Thomson, and thanks to Chief Rick Sewell, he gave me an opportunity to live out that dream and help the citizens of Thomson at the same time.”
The 911 service was another chance for him to help people.
“Being a 911 dispatcher just seems like it came second nature, because I was already familiar with EMS, police, and fire. I pretty much knew the streets in Thomson since I grew up here, so why not?”
Brewer added that he took pride in answering 911 calls and making sure that all police officers, EMS personnel and firefighters returned home safe to their families.
“Just like any job some days are good and some days are bad,” he said.
“Unfortunately, on the bad days I had to talk to someone quite possibly on the single worst day of their lives and try to keep them calm.”
Turning from the serious to a chuckle he added that he felt he always had a niche for wanting to help people and also, play with sirens
While Brewer could not give a guess at how many wrestling matches he had been in, he said it was several hundred.
“I’m not sure how many I actually won, but those numbers don't really matter,” he said pointedly.
“What matters is I was able to go out and entertain people and help them forget about their problems while they watched me perform. Whether they booed or cheered, it didn’t really matter as long as I was getting a reaction.”
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the June 22, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.
Above, Antrone Brewer walks with Andrew Johnson, left, and Chris Reynolds after a brush fire on Pitts Street.

D.A. Brewer talks to Tony Nese during a NXT Live Event match against Austin Aries.





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