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story.lead_photo.caption Photo by Mike Eckels Decatur Fire Chief David Flynt, top left, and Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Luker hand out goodies during the Fire Department Halloween open house on Oct. 31. Flynt is stepping down Jan. 1. Luker will take over his duties. Flynt, a 23-year veteran of the department, will continue to work as a volunteer firefighter. - Photo by Arkansas Online

Since before the turn of the 19th century communities relied on volunteers to staff their fledgling fire departments. From horse drawn pumper wagons that needed 12 strong men to operate to the diesel-powered engines that needed only a single operator, volunteer firefighters were called upon to fight fires and sometimes give their lives to protect the communities they served.

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Print Headline: Decatur Fire Chief Steps Down

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