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Chenango Fire Captain Celebrates 65 Years of Service

By Kerry Longobucco.
A Town of Chenango man is being recognized for his decades of service to the Chenango Fire Company.

Richard Trebilcock is the longest tenured member in company history -- but he was just 18 when he suited up for Chenango fire for the first time.

"When you're that young, it's the sirens and the lights," Trebilcock, of the Chenango Fire Company, said.

It was the flashy side of being a firefighter that first drew Trebilcock to the job as a teen -- but there was a much more meaningful reason that made him stay.

"It's helping people, you know," Trebilcock said. "It's a good feeling when you help somebody out that's in need. Whether it's a house fire, and you save their house, or provide medical care after a motor vehicle accident."

Now, at the age of 83, the fire captain has been serving his community 65 years. Despite those decades -- he hasn't slowed down a bit when it comes to running calls.

"I still drive fire trucks. I'm head of the fire police," Trebilcock said. "I answered about 141 calls last year."

As he prepares to celebrate this landmark anniversary alongside his Chenango Fire family -- he still can't believe it's been 65 years.

"You look ahead, it looks a long ways away," Trebilcock said. "But when you look back, it isn't."

Trebilcock will be alongside his wife, children and grandchildren when he's honored at Chenango Fire Company's Dinner, Dance and Award Banquet on Saturday, January 30.