Rob Jerdo cuts into the cake during a celebration honoring his service as a member of the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Company for 68 years. Jerdo was one of the founding members of the company and put in many hours working on the firehouse, training firefighters and leading the unit.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
continued Over the years he said things have only gotten better as the department has increased training, technology advancements and communications, and improvements in equipment.
“Then Turn out gear was a rubber coat and if you got too close to the fire you were gonna burn with the rubber coat,” Jerdo said. “It’s changed a lot in many years, for the good.”
Though Jerdo said if he had the chance before the celebration to run and hide at his hunting camp or get out of state, he was appreciative of all the friends and family who took the time to hold the event.
“I’d like to thank everyone for coming this has been great, I was some surprised,” Jerdo said.