Two South Carolina volunteer firefighters prove age is just a number

  • Source: WHNS-TV FOX 21 Greenville
  • Published: 08/15/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Two volunteer firefighters in Laurens County are proving that age is just a number. Jean Swanson and Ann Jenkins have a combined 62 years of volunteering at the Hickory Tavern Fire Department. “Dedicated. Loving. Friends,” said Chief Lance Roper. Swanson joined the department 44 years ago. Since then, her husband and son have served as chief. Jenkins came on board 18 years ago. “We feel like we’ve got to keep up the image for the community that these fireman would have,” said Swanson. The pair have run 4,289 calls combined in the last seven years. “This is one of the best fire departments in the whole county and we all work together. It’s not just me, it’s not just Ann. It’s all of us,” said Swanson. Both in their 70s, Ann and Jean are usually the first ones on the scene at a call, no matter the time of day.


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