Buxton Fire Chief Nathan Schools, right, recognizes Gene Harmon for 60 years of service to the community. Contributed / Buxton Fire-Rescue

Firefighter awarded for 60-year career

Veteran firefighter Gene Harmon was honored June 18 at the Town Meeting for 60 years of service to Buxton Fire-Rescue.

A rocking chair with the Buxton Fire-Rescue insignia is given to life members. Only two have been recognized by the department. Contributed / Buxton Fire-Rescue

Over the decades, Harmon has served as a firefighter, deputy chief, acting chief and safety officer. The 2015-2016 annual town report was dedicated in part to him, Fire Chief Nathan Schools said during an award ceremony.

“In this day and age, it is hard to imagine someone working in one place for 10 years, let alone 25, and certainly not 60 years,” Schools said.

“Your commitment to the fire department for the last 60 years is remarkable, and many, including myself, consider you a mentor. Gene, from everyone at Buxton Fire-Rescue, thank you for your countless hours of service to us and the community.”

Harmon is only the second member of the department to be presented with the Life Member Award. Carlton Berry, who served on the fire police, received the honor in 2017. (Fire police control traffic at scenes and set up traffic detours.) He passed away last year.

The award is symbolized by a rocking chair decorated with the department’s insignia.

Schools said he hoped Harmon would relax in the chair while watching the Red Sox play after “a long day in the hay field.”

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