Editor’s note: For the next several weeks, readers will meet firefighters from Clarks Summit, Chinchilla, Dalton and Newton-Ransom fire companies and learn what they enjoy most about serving their communities.
— Tim McCoy will reach his seventh anniversary as a volunteer for the Clarks Summit Fire Company in September.
“I wanted to jump-start my career and did it volunteering at the fire station,” said McCoy, reflecting on why he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter. “You meet some good people along the way. At the station, you get to hang out with your friends.”
Many volunteers have other full- or part-time jobs. McCoy also works as a police officer in Tunkhannock.
He graduated from Abington Heights in 2012 and is a graduate of Keystone College. He continued his education at the Lackawanna College Police Academy.
He is the son of Tim and Laurie McCoy and has a sister, Malorie.
“The Clarks Summit Fire Company only has 10 to 12 active volunteers,” said McCoy. “We had more in other years, but people got jobs out of town and moved away and others started families. It is tough for people who have families to respond to calls. Volunteering for the fire department is dying out.”
In his spare time, he likes to work out at the gym and hunt.
“We were recently at a barn fire in Dalton,” said McCoy. “The man who owns the barn came up and shook our hands for saving his barn. That was a nice gesture and it showed that he was satisfied with our work. It gives purpose to what you are doing.”
“If you are going to college to become a nurse or EMT, you should volunteer at the station to get a jump-start at your career,” he said. “If you are going to college, and have some free time such as the summer, than you should volunteer. Volunteering at the station will look good on your resume, you’re helping the community and meeting people.”
Want to volunteer?
For information on becoming a volunteer with the Clarks Summit Fire Company, stop by the station at 321 Bedford St. and pick up an application.