Saturday Spotlight: Firefighter Lawrence “Junior” Odom
by Robert Joseph Baker | November 11, 2017 6:30 pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the seventh in a series of profiles that manninglive.com will be posting each Saturday to highlight our first responders and dispatchers who keep Clarendon County a safe place to live. After each Saturday posting, the piece will appear in the following Thursday’s Manning Times.
Lawrence “Junior” Odom first became a firefighter in 1981. He had graduated the previous year from East Clarendon High School and late received a certificate in HVAC from Williamsburg Technical College.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?
I wanted to help people in my community.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BEING A FIRST RESPONDER?
Seeing people in need or hurt and there not being much you can do.
DESCRIBE A MEMORABLE MOMENT DURING YOUR SERVICE.
All the times spent with (former) Chief Carter Jones.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
My wife, Iris, who is now gone, was a great supporter in my volunteer work as a firefighters. She never complained if I had to leave in the middle of the night for an emergency. My children, Kevin and Brian and their families, are strong supporters, also. They have always understood that I may have to leave at any time to go help someone in trouble.
PREVIOUS SATURDAY SPOTLIGHTS:
CCFD Capt. Glenn A. Costello
Inv. Susan Welch
Firefighter Joseph Stukes
EMS Asst. Supervisor Jeremy Evans
Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate Kim Hill
Paramedic and Firefighter Crystal A. Miller