At age 69, Glenn Fishack still runs with Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. on emergency calls.
"I love to help people," Fishack said.
The willingness to help those in distress to make a better community is deeply rooted in the mind-set of Washington County's volunteer first responders, said Fishack, president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association.
"I think they do it because they have pride in their community and pride in helping people," Fishack said.
Volunteer fire companies in Washington County remain a central part of their communities, hosting carnivals and dinners and other activities, to Fishack said.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Fishack said he noticed a "big change" in how the community treats volunteer responders. He said he believes people became more respectful of first responders since 9/11.
Fishack recalled recently being stopped by a man who thanked him for taking care of his wife, who was in an accident.
"...That makes you feel good," said Fishack, who believes people became more respectful of first responders since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to the Associated Press, 2,977 people died as a result of the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. The figures do not include the 19 hijackers aboard the four airplanes involved.
Fishack said he still makes about 30 to 35 calls a year with Smithsburg volunteers and admits it's hard to lie in bed at night when you want to do what you can to help someone in distress.