Born to Fight Fires

William Callaway (San Luis Obispo Tribune)Known as “Wild Bill,” William F. Callaway III “loved fire engines from the time he could speak,” according to the obituary in the San Luis Obispo (California) Tribune.

Every time he heard a siren, he would run to the window of his home over-looking San Luis and look for the smoke.

As a youngster, Callaway frequented the fire station and pestered the firefighters to let him help out in some way.

The story continues:

In 1961, Bill’s dream became a reality when the City of San Luis Obispo hired him as a firefighter. Bill was the youngest man in the state of California to have been hired by a city fire department.

Callaway retired as a battalion chief.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.