Teen-Age Smoke-Eaters (Jun, 1955)
SINCE the mass resignation of the adult volunteer fire department of Spencer, W. Va. (pop. 3,500), the town’s fire-fighting force has been manned by high school students who regard it as a school activity, resign after commencement. For 13 years Spencer’s fire chiefs have been youths who are natural leaders like John Lowther, the present chief, whose firemen are all under 19. Recognizing that a man’s a man when he acts like one has meant lower insurance rates in Spencer since 1942.