Mineral Wells, W. Va. The Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its 50th year anniversary, Saturday.
Past and current volunteer firefighters shared stories and reminisced on how the department got started.
There was one person who was there since the beginning, Bernard Cothern.
“Well I always volunteered and helped people and everything, that’s the way I was brought up with my parents," said Cothern.
Cothern says, Vienna was the only fire department that would come to their area, so they decided to build their own.
Bernard is seen as a staple in the community.
"When I turned 18, I joined the fire department and it’s been an honor ever since. He’s like a father to me. Me and him are close, we worked good together, it’s been an honor," said McMullen, assistant fire chief, Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department.
Although Governor Jim Justice wasn’t present, he wrote a letter to the department and honored Bernard with an award.
Today, Cothern is the president of the fire department and reflects back on his time there.
"It was all worth it because I met several friends, people that I would have never met any other time other than the fire service and everyone I've ever met in this fire service is real thoughtful and always remembers you," said Cothern.
Past and present firefighters say, this is not an easy job and they are just thankful for the support they’ve had all 50 years.