When asked why they became a volunteer firefighter, the men and women at the Sterling Fire District will give you similar answers: to give back to the community. For many, it’s also a family tradition.
Chief Josh Glessner, who has been a member of the department since 1999, is a third-generation Sterling firefighter. His grandfather was a member and his uncles — Dale and Dick Glessner — continue to be active members. He became the chief in 2013 after Dick Glessner retired from the position.
“It’s giving back to the community as a way to volunteer,” Josh Glessner explained.
This year marks 100 years of service for the Sterling Fire District. The celebration of the centennial was initially planned to correspond with the annual chicken BBQ on Aug. 15. Due to the coronavirus, the celebration has been postponed until the spring, and the chicken barbecue will be available for takeout.