NAVARRE, Ohio-- For 68 years, Bill Whitmore has been helping his community. On Wednesday, we found the 85-year-old volunteering at his church.
In 1946 at the age of 18, just like his father, he signed up for the volunteer fire department, and has been a member of the department since.
“Somebody has to do it, you know? We have a hard time getting people because there is a lot to it. The training and that that the state requires," said Bill Whitmore.
After 30 years of service as a volunteer firefighter, Bill decided to train and become a certified EMT, which he does to this day.
“In the early 70s, we got a Ford van, and we started running squad then. I had all my requirements and I sent them into the state and they looked at them and then ok'd me," added Whitmore.
“He's an inspiration, an inspiration to myself, our chief, everyone in the village," said Bill Toulson, the assistant chief of the Navarre Fire Department.
“Any time I have a question or need some advice on something, I go to him because he's been there, done that," said co-worker, Michelle Williams.
Bill's wife, Doris, is also impressed with how active her husband is, and is extremely proud.
“We've been married 65 years and it's been 65 great years. He does things he shouldn't do, and I try to get him not to do it, but that doesn't stop him," Doris said.
“I think I'm going to renew at least one more time. I'd be close to 90 then, I guess," added Whitmore.