In 2014, Douglas Marks, 82, and his wife Maxine lived a quiet life at their home in Decatur, Georgia. Since his retirement, Douglas suffered from emphysema, dementia, and multiple strokes. Maxine called Dekalb County’s Station 9 fire department a countless number of times on her husband’s behalf. The firemen had gotten used to the frequent calls. They would respond to the Marks home with medical aid, exchange some pleasantries and continue on their way.
It wasn’t until yet another medical call that Station 9 finally realized Mister Marks was actually Lieutenant Marks. Not only did the firefighters learn Douglas was one of their own, they also learned that they were serving the oldest living retired firefighter in their county.
That was all it took for an undeniable bond between the heroes, both young and old, to be instantly formed. The department quickly dove into Douglas’ backstory and their visits became much more meaningful.