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On Jan. 15, with the Friendship Hall of the Bamberg First Baptist Church, nearly full, firemen’s families, friends, retired and active firemen honored the firemen and their families of today and yesteryear.

“You did not, and will not stand alone… and never serve alone,” spoke Mrs. Marilyn Smith in her response.

The invocation was given by Dr. Aubrey Floyd, Past of the Bamberg First Baptist Church followed by a welcome by Bamberg Department Fire Chief Timmie Taylor.

Chief Taylor then called the “Top Ten Fighters for 2008.” … Capt. Anthony Haddock with 130 call responses, Firefighter Paul Sandifer, with 125, Assistant Chief Terry Still with 123, Firefighter Obi Williams, with 82, Firefighter Phil Myers, with 81, Firefighter Jay Wayne Smith, with 79, Firefighter Bill Priester, with 59, Firefighter James Fisher. With 57, and Firefighter Kevin Sandifer with 48.

A special presentation was awarded to Assistant Fire Chief Buddy Sandifer for his retirement after 44 years of service to the department.

In receiving the “Golden Fire Axe” for his service, Sandifer spoke of “uncertain times … with taller buildings, shorter tempers, bigger houses but smaller families,” he said, “We are learning how to make a living, but not a life. Spend some time with your loved ones,” he urged, “”life is not measured by the number of breaths you take“ He spoke of events that have occurred during his 44 years of service ... of the lives that have been lost over the years and the lives that have been saved by firemen in Bamberg County.

“On grave stones,” he said, “on the left is the date of birth...on the right is the date of death, with a dash in between. “It’s how we spend that dash,” he said, “that matters.”.

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