When Sam Savia started as a volunteer firefighter in Vienna in the early 1940s, the fire department didn’t have luxuries such as “fire hydrants” or “training.” They pulled water from where they could, and they learned on the job.
In 70 years, he’s seen a bit of change.
Savia, 85, still donates his time to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, now part of the professional Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. And the department recently honored Savia by naming the apparatus bay at the Center Street station after him, and presenting him a ceremonial fire axe.
In an interview with the Fairfax County Times’s Kali Schumitz, Savia recalls joining the department at 15, during World War II, and other milestones in this fine story.