Ardmore Patch wants you to get to know your first responders. They do dangerous work and Patch would like to recognize them. Meet this first responder—a second generation firefighter with the Penn Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Co.—and look for more first responder profiles in the coming months.
Name: Glenn Montgomery
Hometown: Penn Wynne, Pa.
How long have you been a firefighter? 8 years
What do you like most about being a firefighter? The comraderie—all the firefighters are pretty much friends here. Particularly, making a difference in the daily lives of the people who call us. Plus, there’s the small stuff, like showing a kid around the department—I’d often come in like that when I was a kid.
What do you dislike about being a firefighter? It’s really hard to recruit new members. We’ve tried figuring out a solution for getting people in the doors and keeping them—that’s a problem affecting not only this house, but all of them.
What inspired you to become a firefighter? I grew up right here: my dad has been a volunteer firefighter for 35 years. As a kid, I came to all the fire department events, and when I was 16, I decided to experience it for myself.
What do you like about the area? It’s a nice community, all my family is here. I went to Lower Merion public schools.
What do you want the general public to know about Penn Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Company? We’re always there for them, 24/7. Also, we’re volunteers. People expect that we’re full time firefighters—but we have regular jobs, and come out to calls at midnight. People can support us by making a donation, or by serving as an administration or a board member—they don’t have to be a firefighter.