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Milford Beacon
  • Life-long firefighter, Steve Ellingsworth, continues service

  • Steve Ellingsworth, a life-member of the Carlisle Fire Company, first found his calling to the fire service at the age of 14, as he was entranced by the stories of his neighbor and fellow firefighter. Forty-one years later, Ellingsworth continues his service to the community, although he said he is now making way for younger members.
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    • MORE ABOUT ELLINGSWORTH

      EXPERIENCE: Has served a total of 41 years with Carlisle, including various roles with the fire company, such as vice president, treasurer and now finance chairman.


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      MORE ABOUT ELLINGSWORTH

      EXPERIENCE: Has served a total of 41 years with Carlisle, including various roles with the fire company, such as vice president, treasurer and now finance chairman.



      HOMETOWN: Milford



      FAMILY: Father, Dough Ellingsworth; mother, Dawn Ellingsworth; brother, Gary Ellingsworth; sister-in-law, Debbie Ellingsworth; two nephews, Matt and Jeremy Ellingsworth



       



      FAVORITES



      FOOD: Pasta, especially spaghetti and lasagna



      MOVIES: "Titanic"



      SUPERHERO: Uncle Si Robertson on "Duck Dynasty"



       

  • Steve Ellingsworth, a life-member of the Carlisle Fire Company, first found his calling to the fire service at the age of 14, as he was entranced by the stories of his neighbor and fellow firefighter. Forty-one years later, Ellingsworth continues his service to the community, although he said he is now making way for younger members.
     
    Q: What inspired you to become a firefighter?
    A: Listening to my neighbor, Vail Johnson, talk about some of the fires he went to got me interested in joining. Riding to the fire house with Vail when I was young and seeing the trucks go out to an alarm just gave me the feeling that one day I would be able to do the same. So Vail said, “We’re going to get you an application,” and here we are today.
     
    Q: What is most rewarding about your job and why?
    A: Being able to help protect the community and their property. You can’t always save a whole house, but when you do, when you care about people’s property you do the best you can.
    Carlisle has been very good to all of its members and provides an excellent service to the community.
    After 41 years, I have begun to slow down and make way for the younger members. We have a very good group of young men and women coming up through the ranks. Seeing the friendship that revolves around that and the comradery among different ages is very rewarding. My hat goes off to all of them.
     
    Q: What is most challenging about your job and why?
    A: The budget is very challenging because we get appropriations from the state, county and city as well as public donations, and it’s very hard to balance a budget when you’re trying to keep up with the standards of the fire service. You have to have the right gear to protect the firefighters going into a fire.
     
    Q: What is a memorable moment and why?
    A: A memorable moment would be receiving the State Heroic Firefighter Award with brother firefighter Richard Gilewski. We received the award for saving a fellow firefighter during a house fire on North Street in 1985. It was a two-story house with people trapped downstairs and we were on search and rescue on the second floor when a fellow firefighter’s mask malfunctioned. Richard and I got him out by carrying him down the side stairs of the apartment that was on fire. Several people died in that fire, but it was good to know that we were able to save someone in that situation.

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