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Volunteer still fighting fires at 74

Firefighter says he's blessed with good health and a department that lets him stay on

By Matt Naber
The Bigfork Eagle

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 Baker Tomy Baker Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:24:00 AM Right 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 Dackow Trevor Dackow Thursday, December 06, 2012 12:05:40 PM I 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 Hails David Hails Thursday, December 06, 2012 12:05:45 PM Respect
Charles Mitchell Charles Mitchell Thursday, December 06, 2012 1:43:28 PM I started at 40 and can't imagine ever stopping. This guy's an inspiration to all us older guys.
Lars DeForge Lars DeForge Friday, December 07, 2012 5:09:08 AM My 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 Dackow Benilda Macalos Dackow Friday, December 07, 2012 1:41:38 PM Keep yourself healthy and strong to reach your 30 years in service..sweetheart!
Robert W. Boyd Robert W. Boyd Friday, December 07, 2012 4:07:50 PM Hope 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 Thompson Brad Thompson Saturday, December 08, 2012 7:12:22 AM My 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 Miller Norm Miller Saturday, December 08, 2012 3:24:36 PM Still hanging in at 77 Rist Canyon VFD CO. Keeps the kid's honest.
Sherlee Miller Sherlee Miller Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:48:25 PM Hooray for you - You really inspired me last June.
Diane Davis Diane Davis Saturday, December 08, 2012 10:50:10 PM You hardly look at act a day over 65!!
Ed Woods Ed Woods Sunday, December 09, 2012 6:15:57 AM God 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 for details.....
Norm Miller Norm Miller Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:42:36 PM Thanks! How did you pick 65?

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