100-year-old man spends 61 yrs volunteering for community

Tonight's Salute to Service takes us to Urbana, Maryland to meet a local man whose service to the community is legendary.

URBANA, MD (WUSA9) - A local man's service to the community is legendary. 

“Whitey” Brubaker is 100 years old. And he’s spent 61 of those years volunteering at local fire houses in Hyattstown and Urbana, Md. 

"You can’t help but smile chatting with “Whitey” Brubaker," said friend Linda Canale. 

Brubaker isn’t a firefighter, but helps wherever he is needed—at the firehouse, local carnivals and on bingo night. 

"He’s always smiling. He never says anything negative about any person," said Canale.

"He’s a very special friend. Very special," said President of Urbana Fire & Rescue.

Brubaker and his brother Lee volunteered together, a nice break from running the family farm.

His nickname Whitey comes from the color of his hair under his hat. 

We asked Mr. Brubaker what was still on his bucket list now that he’s 100. He laughed and said, “At my age, I’m not planning anything.”

Brubaker was inducted into Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association’s Hall of Fame. He was also recognized by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association for more than 60 years of service.

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