Thursday, June 1, 2017

Master Firefighter Luke Amos Retires -- 32+ Years of Dedicated Service (Photo)

MASTER FIREFIGHTER LUKE AMOS RETIRES -- 32+ YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE (PHOTO)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: June 1st, 2017 5:09 PM
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The date was April 1st, 1985, and Longview Fire had just hired a youthful Luke Amos, from Castle Rock, Washington. Luke faithfully served the City of Longview for 32 years, one month, and 11 days. Better said, for the last 11,729 days Luke has been standing guard, serving and protecting his community. During his career he worked 3909 24-hour shifts, which means he missed an estimated 1303 family holidays, including Christmas's, Easters, Thanksgivings, birthdays, and anniversaries. He also responded to approximately 20,000 emergencies ranging from fires, to medical emergencies, car accidents, cardiac arrests, and even a few cats stuck in trees and other unusual requests.

Responding to emergencies is just one way Luke contributed to his community throughout his years of service at LFD. Luke was instrumental in establishing the Longview Firefighters Go 4th Golf Fundraising campaign at Lake Sacajawea that has raised thousands of dollars over the years to support area scholarships, supporting the Cowlitz Chaplaincy, sponsoring youth sports, and adopting families at Christmas.

"The Old Timer" is the Longview Firefighter Associations antique 1923 Fire Engine. Luke was instrumental in the acquisition and restoration of this treasure that has been widely used for a variety of occasions including parades, weddings, and funerals.

Over the years Luke has EARNED a reputation as being competent, reliable, and dedicated, He has served the Longview community with honor, treating each and every citizen as he would treat his own family. Luke's fellow firefighters, also known as 'Brothers', value Luke as a skillful and trusted firefighter as well as a teacher and coach, preparing the next generation of firefighters.

Seven shifts before Luke's retirement day Luke selflessly offered up his seat as driver of E82, his long-time assignment while working at Station 82 on 38th Ave. A junior driver was earning his wings under Luke's tutelage and needed seat time. Late that afternoon the tones alerted E82 of a fire on 23rd Ave. While responding they could see fire from blocks away and Luke would be the hoseman, a position he had not held for decades. Upon arrival Luke pulled the pre-connected hose and entered the building only to be shocked not once but twice. As he pulled his hoseline out of the building he leaned against the outside hose spigot and received a third shock. The energized house service wire had burned through, dropping on the ground wire, thus energizing many elements of the home including with plumbing fixtures. This fire was a shocking reminder of the dangers Luke has faced through his career.

Fire Chief Phil Jurmu shared "For the last 32 years the citizens of Longview have been served exceptionally well by Luke Amos; his boots will be difficult... if not impossible to fill".

Luke's last official duty day was May 11th, and his official going away celebration will be held on June 10th. You can be certain many stories will be shared, which will further remind everyone of the legacy the Luke leaves behind.
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