TOOMSUBA, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders we travel to Toomsuba where we find a man who has been serving the community for over 40 years.
"I don’t go out there to get a thank you. I'm doing this because I want to help.
For more than 40 years, Floyd Hurt has been dedicating his life to helping others in their worst moments,
“I’m not doing it for the glory. That doesn’t bother me a bit. I'm doing it because I strictly love the people and helping people,”
Hurt began his firefighting career in west Alabama at the Cuba Fire Department.
"I started out in Cuba and stayed over there a long time. I've been in Tomsula now for 17 years,"
He is now the Assistant Chief at Toomsuba. He is also an EMR and responds to medical calls. He says his interest in doing that was simple.
"I looked at it like ' I go to a wreck and i can't do anything, so why not get into the EMR, then I can help.
Being right by the Interstate, Toomsuba gets called to a variety of wrecks. Hurt says he and his wife enjoy being there to comfort the children in that time of need.
Hurt says it's imperative that younger people take note of how important these volunteer fire departments are.
"I just want the young people to start helping. We have a lot of older people in the Lauderdale County fire service and we’re shorthanded,” Hurt says.
Hurt's wife is also in the fire department. He says it's important to have the support of family and his wife is certainly supportive.
"If you're in it and you're married, then your wife has got to be behind you 100 percent. She is also a firefighter. She's certified and she knows what it’s like,” Hurt says. “Right now, at my age, I still feel like I have the capability to help people. What I love about this is that you get a young person in here, I love sharing what I know with them. That’s what I love about it."