When most people retire, they spent most of their time doing their favorite leisurely activities and relaxing after decades in the workforce.
When one New Jersey native retired after working as a fireman for 30 years, he thought he would spend his time playing golf and fishing. However, he quickly realized he wasn’t ready to give up helping people. “When I retired and came down here, I said I was going to give up firefighting. That was my end,” said Hobart Erickson. “I was going to fish and play golf.”
Soon after moving to the Carolinas for his retirement, Erickson came out of retirement and got back to work saving lives at the Donalds station. It’s been 30 years since he came out of retirement and Erickson has no plans of stopping anytime soon. “I’ve answered quite a few calls!” Erickson joked. “I’ve been president of the organization, and president right now. I’m on the board of trustees, board of directors, I’m the fire inspector in town… The main thing is brotherly love,” Hobie said. “It’s an organization, friendship. We do what we can for the community.”
“He averages 70 calls a year and for a man that is 90-years-old, that’s what you call dedication. He inspires me to be the best that I can be, he’s taught me a lot and as far as being a fire chief and a human being,” Donalds Fire Chief Ronnie Vaughn said. “If anyone had to say a hero, to me, that’s what you call a hero. The man is 90-years-old, over 60 years in firefighting whose helped people his whole life. You can’t ask for anything better than that.”
“I certainly feel you have to give something to the community,” said Erickson. “I have a good wife that takes care of me and she pushes me to do things. She takes good care of me and I thank the Lord every day for everything I got. I’ve been well blessed at 90-years-old.”
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