MCFR captain retires after 20 years of service
By Caitlin Boland

McDuffie County Fire/EMS Captain Bobby Reynolds gives Capt. David Durrence an ax as a parting gift. The ax was engraved with the number six.
Capt. David Durrence, of McDuffie County Fire and EMS, announced his retirement at the end of January.
Durrence, who has worked in McDuffie County for 11 years, began his career in the fire service in Appling, Georgia. The fire service recognized him at a retirement service Feb. 18.
“I had a friend who talked me into it,” Durrence said. “Once I got a taste for it, I had to do it. It really hits home when you can help someone. It makes you feel good because a lot of times we are helping people in their worst times when they really need it.”
Durrence worked in Appling for nine years, but Columbia County decided to dissolve three of the primarily volunteer stations in North Columbia County, including Durrence’s station.
Former McDuffie County Fire Chief Bruce Tanner said he knew from the first time he met Durrence that he would be a good fit for the McDuffie County Department, and specifically for Station 6 on Stagecoach Road.
“He has a heart for the fire service,” Tanner said. “I’ve never seen someone put so much energy and compassion into it as he has.” 
Current Fire Chief Stephen Sewell presented Durrence with a plaque thanking him for his years of service, and Durrence also received an ax from the men from Station 6.
“The fire service has been good to me,” Durrence said. “Being a fireman and helping people is the ultimate goal.” 
Durrence became a captain 10 years ago, and he has been at Station 6 in McDuffie County for the majority of his career.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Feb. 23, 2017 issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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