Marine One veteran continues a life of service in Abington Fire Company

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Veteran continues a life of service in Abington Fire Company
Joe Hoffman is a veteran who served with Marine One protecting President George W. Bush. Now, he volunteers at Abington Fire Company continuing his calling to service.

ABINGTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- This veteran started serving his country at a young age and continues his call to service now as a firefighter.

Joe Hoffman served with Marine One protecting President George W. Bush during the span of 2004 to 2008.

After his time in the military he intended to live a quiet life with his family, but he felt the calling once more to continue serving in his local fire company.

"I think it's just as rewarding for you as it is for the people you're helping," said Joe Hoffman.

At the fire company, he works with a family of volunteers: the O'Briens.

"He's a great person and I thank him for his service. He's my best friend," said Richard O'Brien.

Richard O'Brien's son has joined the Marines and Joe was happy to lend him some advice.

"Joe was really excited for me, knowing that I was going to become a Marine. He would tell me stories all the time," said Marine Richard O'Brien Jr.

Hoffman has also been an inspiration to his young daughter, Alyssa, who helps him inspect the trucks.

"I've always kind of wanted to join the fire department. I kind of got that idea from my dad, one day I could be doing that with him," said 11-year-old Alyssa Hoffman.

Joe Hoffman intends to continue living a life of service to help his community in Abington Fire Company.

"In everything I do, I think of leaving whatever I'm doing better than when I got there. As long as when I came in and I leave it better, I'm happy," said Hoffman.

For more information on local Montgomery County firefighters, check out their website.