Kyle Watson joined the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, at age 13.
Well, not really, because junior firefighters have to be at least age 14.
But, thanks to Assistant Chief Randy Metzger, Watson, now a senior firefighter, began hanging out at the fire station when he was 13. Metzger is married to Watson’s cousin.
“He [Metzger] was involved in the community, so I wanted to be, too,” Watson said. “It is a good feeling to help out.”
Watson has taken training in Hazmat, vehicle rescue technology, basic firefighter essentials, ropes and interior work at a fire.
“And the list goes on and on,” he said.
Watson said he enjoyed taking the classes.
One fire that sticks out in his mind was at Woodbridge in Lowhill Township.
Watson said the volunteer firefighters respond to more motor vehicle accidents than fires.
He works second shift, 3-11 p.m., at Mack Trucks, so he is available for nighttime and morning calls.