Galeton Fire Honors Glen Hill for 45 years of service |

Galeton Fire Honors Glen Hill for 45 years of service

Glen and Hazel Hill with Chief Swain.

On March 2, Galeton Fire Protection District Board member, Glen Hill, 75, of rural Galeton, Colo., was honored at the Annual Galeton Fire Department Chili Supper for his many years of volunteer service to the district. Glen served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years beginning in 1968 and has served continuously on the board since 1974. J.D. Wyatt (current firefighter and past Fire Chief for 6 years) commented, “I can’t say enough about Glen, he truly defines good morals and integrity. I feel blessed being able to work with and learn from him.”

Glen is also known for serving on the Galeton Sanitation Board since its inception and for plowing snow for the entire town and rural neighbors after every storm.

Glen and Hazel, and their small children moved to Galeton in August of 1968 and opened the Galeton Garage. Within a month he had joined the fire department. “It worked out real well for me to respond to fires, being just a few steps across the road from the firehouse.” Over the years, he’s had many employees and family members who were on the department, too. Hazel recalled with a chuckle the times when folks would come into the shop needing mechanic work and everyone was gone — everyone, but Hazel. “They’re all off to a fire!” she’d tell them. Everyone understood, knowing someday Glen and the volunteers might be coming to help them out in an emergency.

According to Glen, the biggest change he has seen over the years has been the increase in volume of people and industry coming in. “It’s been a good change for the most part.”

When he began, the department had two old trucks (one being a 1953 Ford fire truck) and only two stalls in the building. In 1996, the old building was torn down and a new one was built on the same site to accommodate more equipment needed to serve the district.

In his time with the department, Glen has seen the line of equipment grow from those two trucks to the current seven-apparatus fleet for fire and rescue. The number of calls has increased from 10-20 per year to over 200 last year. As a current board member, Glen remains active in planning for future growth.

Long-time board member, Marion Richter, said, “It’s been my pleasure to work with Glen over the last 45 years. He has been a great asset both as a firefighter and a board member. He always has the good of the community at heart — always going above and beyond the call.”

“I’ve really appreciated working with all the board over the years,” Glen concluded, “— good Christian people, who worked well together as a team, and managed to agree on most everything for the good of the community and the district. It’s all worked out real well. I appreciate all the trust the voters had in me — reelecting me each time and keeping me on the board all these years.”

“It’s been a wonderful community to live in.”

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