HONORED FOR SERVICE: Tony Hertz was recently recognized for a half century of involvement with the Washington Fire Company No. 2. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
HONORED FOR SERVICE: Tony Hertz was recently recognized for a half century of involvement with the Washington Fire Company No. 2. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
In 1963, Tony Hertz joined the Washington Fire Company No. 2 volunteer fire department. Only 28, he was fresh out of the Indiana National Guard when he came to Madison.

"When I moved into downtown Madison, they approached me because they were lacking drivers for the trucks. And I lived within half a block of firehouse, so I joined."

On March 5, Hertz will have been a member of the fire company for 50 years.

Last Saturday, he was honored for reaching that milestone with an anniversary celebration at the firehouse.

There, Hertz received his Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association gold card, a proclamation from the city declaring him a distinguished citizen and a mug from the fire department. He also received a plaque from the city and the fire department.

The gold card recognizes Hertz as a lifetime member of the organization. He is no longer required to pay dues.

Hertz said while he knew he would eventually receive his gold card, it was still an honor for him and that he appreciated the gifts.

Though he's been retired for some time, Hertz said he still keeps busy.

"I worked for a bank (Madison Bank and Trust Company). They encouraged us to join different things, different organizations around town," Hertz said.

Hertz has been a member of the Historic District Board of Review, Knights of Columbus, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Merit Board, Elks Lodge and Red Cross.

"It's hard to be so active when you have a family and stuff or you work for any organization. If you go in and be active it takes a lot," he said.