"I guess if'n you don't need a veteran fire chief who is handy with a pulaski I'll be on my way"
and sure as the devil this man stops him from going for he knows that Cotton knows what a pulaski is which is a firefighting tool with a mattock and axe head put together named after the firefighter Big Ed Pulaski that made it so the man says
"Where were you fire chief?"
and Cotton replies
"Down in Oregon on the Coast have y'heard of the Tillamook burn?"
Bust It Like a Mule, pg 88