FERNDALE, Mont. — While most septuagenarians take a step back from physically demanding work, volunteer firefighter Jim Meyer, 74, continues to step up and help keep the community safe with the Ferndale Fire Department.
“I was blessed with good health and I just like to work,” Meyer said. “I don’t like to sit around too long.”
As a semi-retired logger, taking it easy during his golden years isn’t on Meyer’s agenda. Although, he said he runs out of wind sooner and doesn’t have the same level of endurance that he had when he first started fighting fires in his early 50s.
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Tomy BakerThursday, December 06, 2012 11:24:00 AMRight behind ya Jim, 70 yrs young, 50 years on the job and still a riding member, but I let the young ones do the work LOL.
Trevor DackowThursday, December 06, 2012 12:05:40 PMI started with East Beaches Fire Rescue at age 47. Hope to still be on the job to get my 30 year award! Way to go Jim!
David HailsThursday, December 06, 2012 12:05:45 PMRespect
Charles MitchellThursday, December 06, 2012 1:43:28 PMI started at 40 and can't imagine ever stopping. This guy's an inspiration to all us older guys.
Lars DeForgeFriday, December 07, 2012 5:09:08 AMMy grandfather is either over 80 or almost there and he just retired after serving 52 years on Sabattus Fire, he was the engineer of one of the primary trucks.
Benilda Macalos DackowFriday, December 07, 2012 1:41:38 PMKeep yourself healthy and strong to reach your 30 years in service..sweetheart!
Robert W. BoydFriday, December 07, 2012 4:07:50 PMHope that youngster keeps going. I managed 197 responses last year. I am 82 and have been in service close to 60 years. Can't do a lot of it, but I do what I can.
Brad ThompsonSaturday, December 08, 2012 7:12:22 AMMy Dad's still going and he's 81, still making calls. He's in great health and has a brush truck stationed at his house.
Norm MillerSaturday, December 08, 2012 3:24:36 PMStill hanging in at 77 Rist Canyon VFD CO. Keeps the kid's honest.
Sherlee MillerSaturday, December 08, 2012 4:48:25 PMHooray for you - You really inspired me last June.
Diane DavisSaturday, December 08, 2012 10:50:10 PMYou hardly look at act a day over 65!!
Ed WoodsSunday, December 09, 2012 6:15:57 AMGod Bless you Jim, As Tomy Baker can attest, I'm 71 and still running calls as well. Being in the "Big City" I have it a bit easier than our Brothers and Sisters in the Rural Areas, since we always have a backup coming, and close by. Like others in my age group who still do this, I'll be the first to say I'm thankful for Good Health which allows me to keep it up. Sure, I'm slowing down a bit, but that's just in relevant terms since we run several Thousand calls a year. Look at www.gdvfd18.com for details.....
Norm MillerWednesday, December 19, 2012 3:42:36 PMThanks! How did you pick 65?