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Audlin, Major cited for years of service with SFD

"I was the first one there and looks like the last one out," Audlin said about the school fire.

He said he knows he made a lot of alarms throughout the years, and because he was single during the early years of his time with the department George Spearing would call him in the middle of the night for details.

As the newest member with 50 years under his belt, Major said he's most proud of the fact he is still an active firefighter.

"I can't go inside. I can do everything else. I'm probably one of the first people here in the day time," Major said.

Because of his need for hearing aids, Major is no longer allowed to go inside live fires. Unlike the old days when fires were fought from the outside, Major said there are "aggressive" firefighters now who attack from the inside.

Major also said that unlike the younger members of the department, he is usually in town during the day and in the event of an emergency call can get to the firehouse before others who may be at work.

Due to his involvement with many rescue calls involving children over the years, he stopped answering those calls for a while because it bothered him so much. However, he still enjoys providing safety for his community.

Audlin's history with the department doesn't stop with his role as a firefighter, but includes his time as a dispatcher. He was the first person to open the doors at dispatch in the old firehouse on the corner of Fennell and Jordan streets, now known as the Milford Building, when it was moved from the electric department.

"He opened the door at 8 a.m. and dispatched the first call out of there at 9 a.m., an ambulance call," Buff said.

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