The sparkling silver tank of the Metro Fire water tender holds 28,000 gallons, and when it's sent to a fire Terry Barnes will almost always be sitting in the driver's seat.
For 36 years, Barnes, 72, has dedicated himself to Elverta's all-volunteer Station 116.
The retired heavy-equipment mechanic lives half a mile away and keeps his pager on, 24/7.
He'll rush to drive the water tender to a fire when his pager alerts him.
Actions speak volumes for this man of few words.
Each day he comes to the station to clean or work on the engines.
He's been steadfast in his post as neighbors and other firefighters have come and gone.
He feels connected to those he serves.
"I take pride in living in the community and working in the department and helping as much as I can," he says. "It keeps my mind going, because you never know what's going to happen next."
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