You never forget the first time you save a life


From: James LaRue

Although I am looking forward to retirement, it is with tremendous regret that I am leaving. I would like to thank Goodview Fire for having had me part of this organization for the last 25 years. When I first joined the department, I was among the first group to go through the training of firefighter I and II. I will miss performing my duties for Goodview Volunteer Fire as your treasurer. It is time I stepped aside for a less-experienced and less-able man, just as I did 25 years ago. Perhaps a new treasurer will find new ways to approach data manipulation and analysis. We all can benefit from a lack of qualifications.

I decided to join the department because it seemed like a great organization. I wanted to do something for the community. All the members here support each other, and are a very cohesive group. I haven’t done anything by myself; we work as a team. I know I’m leaving the department in good hands. The camaraderie of this group is so tight; it’s one of the best organizations that I have been a part of. Goodview has very been lucky in recruiting plenty of good, quality people that want to join this proud and elite group. There is a huge commitment for training, meetings, and responding to calls.

I have managed to ruin turn out gear responding to fires. I had to throw away a yellow helmet because it had turned black in the heat, and I had to get a new facemask because a fire melted the one I had. I remember fighting a January house fire — when I exited the house, my turnout gear was very wet. After I stepped outside into below-zero temps, my turnout gear froze solid. During the flood of 2007 (a time I will never forget), my boat evacuated lots of people from Sunny Acres subdivision. Whenever we get the call, the truck reaches the location, and the work as a firefighter becomes very challenging. I will never forget the call of a motorcycle accident on Highway 61. I was the second fireman there. I know Jason Gruitt and was luckily able to save his life.

In ending, I want to emphasize that I will forever be grateful to this organization for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the accomplishments and the great times we have had over the years. Firefighting: one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.

Currently the Goodview Fire Department and First Responders are seeking quality applicants to serve on our Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder squads. Benefits include ongoing training, a very substantial pension at retirement and the satisfaction of giving back to your community. You will be joining a proud and elite group that protects and serves our great city of Goodview. Please volunteer to serve your community. Applications may be obtained from the Goodview City Office at 4140 West Fifth Street, or by calling 452-9496 and leaving a message. Go to for more information. Believe me when I say, you will never forget the first time you save someone’s life.


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