Even after 50 years of service, Helmuth Ritter is still passionate about his firefighting position.
 
Ritter started with the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department in 1966, giving up as much as he could to do the job.
 
"When the fire phones rang he always answered and went to every call. It didn't matter where we were or what we were doing, when the fire phone rang, he was gone," said his wife, Donna Ritter.
 
Even at 78, his attitude and commitment continue to amaze other firefighters.
 
"He's been to most, if not all of the training this year and he's routinely coming down to calls when he's available. He's one of the cornerstone people that have been here for a very long time. A lot of the staff look up to him," said Fort Saskatchewan Fire Chief Shawn McKerry.
 
McKerry calls his history and work-ethic "inspirational."
 
As Father Time catches up with Ritter, he may not able to be a part of the physical action, but he'll usually be found getting equipment and the trucks ready for the crew before they arrive for a call.
 
Over the years, Ritter has slowly worked his way up in the ranks from driver to captain and now he's serving as deputy chief.
 
Fort Saskatchewan's upcoming second fire hall is named after Ritter for his dedication to the city.

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