Sam Savia in front of a 1946 fire engine at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. (Shamus Ian Fatzinger/Fairfax County Times)

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.