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Support for DeKalb's oldest living retired firefighter

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Douglas Marks was a DeKalb County firefighter for 25 years...saving lives and protecting homes.

                Now, at age 82, Marks needs a little help himself. And his fellow firefighters...are stepping up.

                Marks has emphysema, dementia, and he's suffered multiple strokes.

                His wife Maxine has had to call for  help many times. "I could not count, how many times!" she said. It was during one of those medical calls, that firefighters with DeKalb County's station number 9, learned Mr. Marks....was actually Lt. Marks...a retired firefighter.

                In fact, he's DeKalb County's oldest living firefighter.

                "Once we found out that he worked for DeKalb, naturally we were drawn in to find out more about him," said firefighter David McBrayer.

                Marks was hired in 1960. "At that time, they had 32 employees, and it was one big family," said Maxine. Turns out...it still is one big family, all these years later.

                "Even though we didn't work with Mr. Marks, we have that bond with him, if that makes sense. We know what he did, because we're now doing the same thing," said Captain Shane Jones.  It's that bond, that compelled these firefighters to help.  The home needed a new deck and wheelchair ramp. So the firefighters came over to the house on their day off to take care of it.

                "They had me screwing deck boards down, haulin' lumber...I think we spent about 10 hours out here that day," said McBrayer.

                But their work, isn't done yet...they're going to fix the roof, install new insulation and flooring.

                Maxine...is so thankful, she showed her apprecition the best way she knows how...

                "I cooked corn, green beans, collards, sweet paters', macaroni cheese...."

                A home cooked meal...and a hug. "Since I know these guys, I hug em cause like they're my family too."

                If you would like to donate money to help the firefighters complete the home renovation, you can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank branch with account number: 1029023718.

                To donate money, you can call the DeKalb County Fire Department, 678-406-7750

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