By KELLIANNE GAMMILL
Sitting on his front porch, Gayland Taylor recalled the years past-putting out fires and responding to various emergencies. Taylor will retire the end of June after 40 years of service as a volunteer fireman and EMT. The Preston Fire Department awarded him a plaque for his service Wednesday night.
Taylor started as a volunteer fireman on June 1, 1973. Two years later, he became an EMT after his wife and fellow EMT Karen Taylor convinced him to take the training.
“Things used to be different,” Taylor said. “Back then we would fight the fires in our street clothes. We didn’t have air packs or anything.” Now, the fire department spends anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 on each individual fire-safe suit.
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