Fifty Years of Fighting Fires

Retirement party celebrates veteran SHAFD volunteer


March 9, 2022

Benny Westcott

Now-retired volunteer firefighter Dave Trask, right, and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Chief Dave Barringer enjoy the moment as Barringer presents Trask with The President's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last week, Capt. Dave Trask responded to calls for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District.

Nothing new there. If there was a fire somewhere in town over the last half-century, odds are pretty good that he was on the scene. 

But now, after 50 years and three months of service, Trask has finally hung up his helmet. On March 5 he retired as a volunteer firefighter, surrounded by family, friends and peers at a party in his honor at Main Station No. 21. 

"I have enjoyed this a lot," the 72-year-old said. "But it's time to move on. I knew it when it was. I can't do it anymore. Except for m...

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