State's Longest-Serving Firefighter Calls it Quits

State's Longest-Serving Firefighter Calls it Quits

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Salt Lake City firefighter Lou Manning is calling it quits.

After 44 years on the job, Manning is retiring as Utah's oldest active professional firefighter.

Considering the demands of the job, most firefighters last just 26 years. But Manning spent his whole four decades fighting fires -- not pushing papers at a desk job.

Manning, who is 65, says he likes to stay in shape. He bench-presses 300 pounds every year on his birthday -- just to prove he's still got the muscle.

Manning was honored at a retirement party yesterday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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