Fighting fire is in his blood

Photo courtesy of Peaces Photography

Lebanon Rural Chielf Phillip Pitts poses for a photo.


The firefighting life of Phillip Pitts has been well documented. His grandmother Alene Pitts keeps a scrapbook.
“Everything where I’ve ever been on the radio or in the paper, she keeps all that,” Pitts said.
Pitts, 31, has been a firefighter since early 2002 when he began volunteering his time to save lives and property. At 15 he was a junior firefighter.
“My dad started before I did by a few years and got me interested in it. Of course, that was right after 9-11, so anything in public safety that you could do was huge. It just kind of piqued my interest, I guess,” Pitts said.
Pitts became a full-fledged volunteer firefighter at 18 and in 2010 became a deputy chief for the Lebanon Rural Fire Protection District and finally the chief in 2015, who is paid to work 20 hours a week in the office as an administrator. He goes on fire calls regardless of when they come in.
“Being the fire chief, when you’re on any incident, the responsibility of everything falls on you,” Pitts said.

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