THOMASVILLE — An integral part of the Hasty Fire Department for more than 40 years, Janice Bristow is known for her efficiency and her generosity.
On Tuesday, she was recognized for more than four decades of service as a tribute to her dedication to the fire department and the community. An award was presented to Bristow at the board meeting at Hasty Fire Department to recognize her for the extensive efforts she has made to help sustain the organization.
Bristow has been the secretary for the Hasty Fire Department for 40 years, and has served in times past as both secretary and treasurer. She also volunteers elsewhere locally, attends Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and is active in the community.
Randy Cecil, past president of the Hasty Fire Department board, credits her for a consistent work ethic that has made her a tremendous asset to the fire department.
“Out of the 40 years, she had missed one board meeting,” Cecil said. “She’s really big in her church, she does a lot in our community. She’s just a true patriot.”
According to board members who oversee operations at the Hasty Fire Department, Bristow has given freely of her time for longer than many of the firefighters serving the Hasty community have been alive.
Bristow says her involvement with the fire department began largely because of those very types of firefighters, who she said have an essential job. The pride of watching them do their job attracted her to the position in 1980, when her predecessor invited her to provide her services.
“I started because the fire department was our community, and everybody was just like a big family,” Bristow said. “I had a 9-year-old daughter and two 1-year-old twins. My sweet mother-in-law said, ‘Janice, if you want to do this, I will keep them every time you want to go.’ I’ve just enjoyed helping people, and I felt like there were a lot of young people I wanted to [assist].
“A lot of the younger ones who grew up there are on [the Thomasville] city fire department now. And they still do Hasty.”
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