At the annual fireman’s banquet there were three retirements.
My other baby brother, a friend and Far Guy. Between them they volunteered for 58 years.
The third time is a charm for Far Guy. He came out of retirement twice to help out because they were short handed during the daytime. A while back he said “I am just too tired to keep up with those young guys anymore.” So he turned in his pager.
The pager used to go off every night a 6PM for a pager test. The dog knew that it was time for supper..the dog also knew if he and Far Guy were off someplace in the yard when the pager went off Chance was to go to the house. I don’t miss the pager going off all times of the day and night..ignorance is bliss.
Behind every fireman is a helpful understanding family..sometimes they have to leave in the middle of a family dinner, sometimes they are gone for half the day, or all night. You wonder are they okay..and what is holding them up. Did they have one call after another..or do they have big problems? Sometimes they miss supper time completely and even if it was not your night to cook..you cook anyway and save something for them. They will want to eat and take a shower and sometimes talk..especially if it was a “bad call” and they need time to wind down.
Around these parts if we didn’t have a Volunteer Fire Department we wouldn’t have any Fire Department. Well we would have one but it would be so far away it wouldn’t do much good.
58 years ..I wish I could get some long term volunteers like that at the museum..but I guess greeting guests at the museum isn’t near as interesting as going into burning buildings.
Thanks guys..you did good! :)