Volunteer firefighter marks four decades of service

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Volunteer firefighter Doug W. Clark, a lieutenant in charge at Station 56 Mono Vista, just marked four decades of service with the Tuolumne County Fire Department, a stretch of time that began Jan. 12, 1981.

Anybody who does anything 40 years in a row gets a handle on their trade and becomes a leader and mentor to younger people following up behind them. Clark is unassuming and modest about his volunteer service, and he’s not about to give it up.

Clark has responded to nearly every major fire in Tuolumne County over the past 40 years, including the 1987 Stanislaus Complex, the 2004 Calaveras Complex, and the 2013 Rim Fire. He’s helped fight structure fires at the Soulsbyville Mill, Twain Harte Lodge, the Standard Post Office, the old Dodge Ridge Lodge, Sullivan Creek Restaurant, and hundreds of others.

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