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Myers marking third decade as a Vienna firefighter

Raymond Myers, left, was presented his badge for 30 years of service by fire chief Steve Scholl at the May monthly business meeting for the Vienna Fire Department. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Raymond Myers, a Vienna native and third-generation Vienna volunteer firefighter, is celebrating 30 years with the fire department.

Myers is Captain of rescue at the VFD.

“I remember when Raymond joined this department. In all these years, he has worked 72 percent of the calls and is always around for anything extra that needs done,” said Vienna fire chief Steve Scholl.

Myers said the time he has spent with the fire department is among the most rewarding things he has ever done.

Throughout much of that time, he has been able to provide fire safety lessons to children and reminding the elderly of those same lessons.

“It is so important to keep the community safe,” he said.

Myers is not the last member of his family to keep the community’s safety as a high priority. His son has also spent time volunteering with the fire department and multiple of his grandkids show an interest.

Yet the “family” ties don’t end there.

“It has been a blast, sure there are hard times and hard calls, but our department is a family and at the end of the day I know I am doing my part to give back to our community,” said Myers.

He said the VFD works closely with other county departments as well.

“Almost every volunteer fire department in Wood County are running short handed, so we often assist each other on calls,” said Myers. “For me every moment spent here has been worth it.”

For Myers, 30 years have gone by in a flash, and he hopes to put in a few more years before retiring.

“As long as I can keep up and continue to be an asset to the team, I will be here serving my community,” he said.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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