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First Responder of the Week: Terry Fought

Volunteer Firefighter from Lindsey is retiring after 65 years of service
Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 12:50 PM EDT
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LINDSEY, Ohio (WTVG) - When terry fought looks back on his time with the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department, he looks back to an era when a fire meant every person in town needed to pitch in.

“When I first started, everyone went because we had the old bucket brigades. That’s how we got the water out of a the horse troughs and barns, you know,“ Fought explains. “We had collapsible buckets that we carried on the truck, you know, and everybody in town knew they needed water, so they just lined up and took those collapsible buckets.”

Fought first signed up for the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department when he was 16 years old. Now, at the age of 81, he’s officially retiring.

“Somebody to be out here for 65 years is a heck of a dedication,” said Lindsey Fire Chief Russ Zimmerman, who’s been on the department 53 years. All of that time, Fought was right there with him. “We’ve been to a lot of fires and a lot of shindigs together. We’ve had fun.”

“The camaraderie that you have with the firemen, the functions that we have, everything that goes on with the fire department was just great,” adds Fought.

Now, Fought, who retired from his electrical contracting business in 1999, is stepping down from his duties as a volunteer firefighter in 2021. After 65 years of service, he’s our 13abc First Responder of the Week.

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