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Firefighting News: 97-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighter Dies

George Launchbaugh, a 97-year-old volunteer firefighter for Sheridan County (KS), has passed away. He is believed to have been the nation's oldest active volunteer fireman. He died Saturday at Hays Medical Center as a result of complications from pneumonia, according to Steve Hirsch, training officer for the Sheridan County Fire Department and second vice chairman of National Volunteer Fire Council. While there's no official method of keeping track of the oldest active firefighter, Hirsch said he frequently attended meetings of the national group when the issue of the oldest active firefighter came up. When the question turned his way, Hirsch quietly would say 97. No one even could c...

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