For firefighter of the year, accolades weren’t the reason for signing up

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Ask Lt. Chris James, Keizer Fire District volunteer firefighter of the year, which of the calls he’s been on he remembers the most and you’re likely to get an unusual answer. “All the good calls – the ones people expect you to remember – those are the ones I forget. I remember all the ones where I made little mistakes,” James said. As an example, James offers up the time when he spiked a drip bag with a needle allowing too much flow through the tubing. It was nothing huge, nothing that would have likely endangered the patient and they even caught it before the IV needle was set, but it’s one that he remembers. “I could drive you to the house, show you where I was standing, everything. Little things like that are what I remember,” James said. James was honored with as volunteer firefighter of the year two weeks ago, but like the good calls, it’s something he takes with a grain of salt. “When I got into the Fire Explorers program at 14, I did it because I liked giving back to the community, when you sign up as a volunteer anywhere that’s what you’re signing up to do,” he said. From a young age, James was interested in being involved. He can rattle off a plethora of volunteer...

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