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David Miller

Master Sgt. (Ret.) David Miller has been in the firefighting business for 43 years and counting. Miller went to his first firefighting school in Wilson, North Carolina, in 1969. He joined the Air Force after high school in 1971with a guaranteed job as a fire protection specialist. Miller’s first duty station was Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he met his wife and had his daughter. Six months after getting married, Miller was sent on a short tour to Utapao Air Base, Thailand. During his time there, Miller assisted refugees fleeing from South Vietnam when Saigon fell to the North. After Langley, Miller was stationed in Italy, Florida and England before he ended up in his last duty station Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Miller retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service. After a short hiatus, he found himself as the captain of a small fire station in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. “I’ve done [firefighting] all of my adult life; it’s the only thing I know,” he said. “The military background is what got me where I am today – there’s no doubt about it.”