By Jeff McCoy, The Journal
Many words can be used to describe Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department Chief Marty Roberts: tough, determined, hard.
But he is also caring. He fights fires and saves lives because he says it’s his “civic duty.” He has answered the bell countless times throughout his career. Fires, car crashes, overdoses, domestic violence and even the cat in the tree calls have all come into his fire station.
Some might even say the career chose him.
“My grandfather, he was a lifetime member of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department. I would stay quite a bit with him and as a youngster. We were always going to the fire station, getting to go on fire calls. (We) went to several major fires back in the ’70s,” Roberts said. “My grandfather had passed away and I remember it was a long stretch that I was away from it. I longed every day to be 16 years old, so I could get my driver’s license so I could come back to a fire department. It was in my blood. From an early age I could see what was going on and knew that I want to be a part of that.”
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