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Ky. firefighter makes business out of old fire hoses

Jake Starr is the founder of Recycled Firefighter, a company that makes accessories out of old fire hose

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville entrepreneur has figured out how to use materials from his day job to create an international brand out of his spare bedroom.

Jake Starr started sewing just two years ago, learning through internet tutorials. Now, he spends most of his off-days sewing wallets, bags, and notebook covers. Starr is the founder of Recycled Firefighter, a company that makes accessories out of old fire hose.

An EMT at Eastwood Fire Department, he remembers the first time he discovered that old fire hose could be cut, sewn, and re-purposed. “I just said, ‘wow, this stuff is so rugged, so durable, can I have this?’ and they’re like, ‘ok we’re throwing it away.’”

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