Bud and Dianna Richmond of Goodman have helped a heart attack victim, assisted a non-breathing baby and fought many a fire during the past few years.
In a time when it's difficult for smalltown fire departments to recruit and retain volunteers, the Richmonds are a mainstay -- a 41-year and 8-month mainstay!
The couple, ages 78 and 74, respectively, began volunteering decades ago to help their community.
The two are the longest-serving volunteers for the Goodman Area Fire Protection District.
The Richmonds have experienced challenging, painful and rewarding situations. From volunteering as a dispatcher out of their home, to working through the night on fires, the two have remained committed to the cause.
Their two sons both served in the department. Between the four of them, the Richmonds have 200 years of service to the Goodman department.
Now, their granddaughter serves, too.
"We can't give it up," Bud said.