Columbus, OH, Firefighter Celebrates Father's Day with Daughter, Son on Job

June 16, 2024
Columbus' most senior firefighter, Sam Towns, has two children who followed in his footsteps.

There's a new Towns in town on Columbus Division of Fire, and she followed in her father's footsteps.

Jazzmine Brown, who graudated from the Columbus Fire Academy in January, joined the ranks with her father and brother and this Father's Day, the department's most senior firefighter is proud of his children.

Sam Towns joined the department in 1986 and has recruited new members since, he told His son, Sexton, is a captain on the department and his daughter, Jazzmine, joined the department in January.

“It’s not an easy job, by no means,” Sam told the television station. “When you have children that follow in your footsteps, knowing it’s not going to be an easy job, just shows the type of fortitude that they have. It just makes me proud to know I have kids with that type of fortitude.” 

Jazzmine said her father has guided her through her entryway into the department.

“There’s wisdom that I cannot gain, there’s not a textbook, there’s not a video I can watch that is going to give more wisdom that I can gain from the two of them."

Sexton, who also helps run the popular Columbus Fire: Unofficial- The Ladder Company Facebook page, said his father has served as a role model for many members of the department. 

“A lot of people in this fire department are just like him. They come to work, they do the job, and go over and beyond a lot of times.”

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