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Ohio Volunteer Firefighter Retires at 84

Fire chief says he has enough energy to get to the fire station at the same time he does

By Natalie Jones, Springfield News-Sun

Jim Randall, a Hustead Fire Department volunteer firefighter, is retiring at 84-years-old after being apart of the department for 68 years.

“I just decided in my mind that’s too old to be driving firefighter emergency vehicles,” Randall said. “There comes a time in your heart and your mind when you know you should quit.”

Randall said that he became a volunteer firefighter at age 16 because he had always wanted to do it.

His father-in-law, Robert Ehman, started the fire department in the 1940s.

As Randall worked in transportation at various school districts for 33 years, he continued to be a volunteer firefighter and respond to most fire runs.

“It’s fair to say in that time-frame he was the most active,” Bill Young, former Hustead fire chief of 45 years said. “It didn’t matter if it was three in the morning or three in the afternoon, he’d be the first guy to respond and that’s no exaggeration – even in his later years.”

Read the full story here.

Image: Springfield News-Sun

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