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Spokane firefighter celebrates 45th year

Spokane Fire Department Lt. Jack Greenamyer sits atop a 1936 pumper housed at Station No. 3. Greenamyer joined the department on Feb. 15, 1965. (Dan Pelle)
Spokane Fire Department Lt. Jack Greenamyer sits atop a 1936 pumper housed at Station No. 3. Greenamyer joined the department on Feb. 15, 1965. (Dan Pelle)

Spokane fire Lt. Jack Greenamyer doesn’t keep track of how many lives he’s saved or the number of burning buildings he’s gone into, but he can tell you he still gets excited about going to work after 45 years on the force.

On Monday, Greenamyer, 67, marked the anniversary of his hiring in 1965.

He’s known for being the first guy on the truck when a call goes out, and a firefighter who won’t shy away from the physical punishment that comes with charging into a burning building.

Greenamyer (pictured above atop a 1936 pumper) is the longest-serving member of the force, and he has spent the past 12 years commanding an engine crew at Station No. 3 at Indiana Avenue and Ash Street on Spokane’s North Side.

Read the rest of Mike Prager's story here.




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