Saturday, January 01, 2005

Firefighter takes to volunteer work on water

By Annie Thompson
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The Roanoke Times



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Ian Buchanan spent the day after Christmas in the waters of Smith Mountain Lake trying to raise a sunken boat.

That's not something most people would choose to do when the temperature is in the 30s.

But Buchanan volunteers for Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and Saunders Volunteer Fire Company because he says it's important to help others.

He moved to Huddleston in 1999 and started volunteering for the Marine Fire & Rescue two months after arriving.

"Like every kid," Buchanan said, he always loved law enforcement.

He says his role with the Marine Fire & Rescue squad fits him even better than being a police officer would.

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