Lyons hearth firm vet nonetheless going robust after 50 years

LYONS, Pa. – Do you bear in mind the place you had been 50 years in the past?

“March thirtieth, 1972. I had my first coaching night time,” stated Assistant Fireplace Chief Jerry Keller.

Keller was starting a decades-long run.

“You grabbed your gear, and no matter dimension you bought, that is what you bought,” Keller recalled.

Grabbing his hearth gear as a junior firefighter, all the way in which as much as chief for the Lyons Fireplace Firm.

“Oh, issues had been quite a bit totally different then,” Keller stated.

Fifty years in the past he was studying. Now, he is wanting again, stating pictures within the social corridor.

“We now have thermal imaging cameras, the place we used to make use of our naked palms years in the past,” Keller stated. “Issues like that.”

As Keller appears again on 50 years on the job, it is was a household affair. His son is now the present hearth chief for Lyons.

“His pager would go off. He’d exit the door,” stated Jerry’s son, Nathan Keller, about his father. “I would watch him depart, and naturally, I would play with my Matchbox hearth vehicles.”

Nathan Keller (left) stands together with his father Jerry. Nathan is now the hearth chief for the Lyons Fireplace Firm.

Nathan Keller is way from the Matchbox hearth vehicles, although. Now, he is manning the actual factor.

“The largest factor I discovered from the group is when anyone comes up and says thanks, that is like the most important paycheck you get out of volunteering,” Nathan stated.

His dad Jerry can also be full of gratitude on this milestone anniversary.

“I feel everyone was placed on earth right here to make it a greater world,” the elder Keller stated, “and I feel individuals all have to chip in and contribute just a little bit to make life higher for everyone.”

However make no mistake — Jerry says this is not a retirement story.

“So long as they need me round right here, and so long as my well being lets me, I wish to be right here,” he stated.

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