Thirty years ago, firefighter Mike Page and a group of volunteers met to discuss the need for a fire station near the county line. These men worked weekends and some week nights to install water lines to the site where Fire Station Five currently stands.
Page, along with the other volunteers at the newly created County Line Fire Station, were trained by three instructors from the Georgia Fire Academy. Page and the rest of the crew met each week in order to obtain the 120 hours of training required each year.
With his house just down the road from the station, Page was often the first to arrive when the volunteers were called to help the citizens of Barrow County. As a volunteer, Page gave a large part of his personal life to the citizens he protected.
When Barrow County began hiring full time firefighters, Page was one of the first to join the Barrow County Fire service.
As a token of their appreciation for his years of service, 20 members of the department gathered at a recent county commission meeting to present Page with a shadow box containing a fire coat from his volunteer days, an old County Line Fire patch, a current Barrow County Emergency Services patch, a gold helmet shield showing his years of service and a small bronze-plated axe.
Interim chief John Skinner, Lt. Todd Orr and Lt. Darryl Skinner were among those present to recognize Page’s contributions to the department.
The honor is long overdue! Mike was a very dedicated firefighter, and was responsible for saving life and property. I was one of the people that served with Mike, in the early years, at the County Line Station. We started with very little, but had many dedicated people like Mike, that wanted only to serve and protect the community in which they lived. The Station grew, and Mike was a large part of the fire service becoming what it is today.
Thank you Mike!